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||Thirteen pieces in medium grey resin
||Exterior conversion parts supplied;
crisply cast; good quality resin; adequate instructions; stout box and
snugly packed to prevent rubbing in transit.
||Only engineered for the expensive
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The F-14 Tomcat has been treated kindly by the major kit manufacturers
since the aircraft first flew in December 1970 (yes, that long ago!). F-14
As, A+s, Bs and Ds abound in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale. Whilst the smaller
scale fans have been well catered for the 1/32 scale devotees have only
had –A kits to work with.
Teknics, a subsidiary of Meteor Productions have now plugged that gap with
the production of this conversion set. In general terms, the –B is an
upgrade of the –A airframe with the main identifying feature being the
significant re-shaping of the rear fuselage area to accommodate the larger
nozzles of the General Electric F110 engine.
The conversion parts supply new left and right rear fuselages (split
vertically) and new nozzles to take care of the main differences been the
–A and the –B as well as two new nozzles. Also included in the set is a
replacement right-hand side nose wheel door that incorporates a bulge over
an un-named sensor/antenna. Two small identical sprues contain the VHF
antenna, Small GPS golf ball antenna, and the wing glove "RHAW" antenna.
You will only use one VHF, and 1 GPS antenna. However the wing glove RHAW
antenna mounts on both sides of the leading edge of the wing glove (thanks
to Scotty Battistoni at Meteor and to Raka for the clarification).
All parts are crisply cast in the familiar mid-grey resin used by other
the Meteor Productions subsidiary, Cutting Edge. This resin is user
friendly and easy to use, as it will bend rather than snap if you are a
little too rough with it.
also supply a rudimentary but adequate instruction sheet (click
thumbnail to left) that explains the optimal method for tackling this
The whole thing comes packed in a stout cardboard box that is stuffed full
of foam peanuts to stop the parts from rubbing against each during
transit. This last point is important, as the nozzles themselves need to
be finished in a metalizer paint that will show up any imperfection.
With a rash of new post-Afghanistan –B and -D markings due to hit the
shelves shortly I’m sure that this set will be welcomed by fans of the
This is a well produced conversion that, rightly or wrongly from a cost
point of view, Teknics have designed for the magnificent Tamiya kit.
Personally, I would have preferred to see it engineered for the Revell kit
so as to keep the costs down.
Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample
Cutting Edge Modelworks
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Review Copyright © 2002 by Rodger
Page Created 07 February, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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