F-14D Tomcat / Bombcat Cockpit
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|Contents and Media:
||Resin, Etched Brass,
Etched Steel and Acetate
||Great detail, well
moulded, fit looks good, greatly improves the look of the Tamiya kit
cockpit and allows the depiction of a later version of Tomcat. Covers the
variations seen in cockpit configurations of different machines.
||Cost. No instructions
for seat details assembly and painting. You will also need to find another
set or scratch build the exterior of your kit to accurately depict a later
Tomcat (further adding to the cost of the project).
||Recommended for anyone
who wants to depict a late marque F-14 (or if you're not overly concerned
by total accuracy, it will make a much better looking cockpit for the
Reviewed by Darren Mottram
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
The Tamiya 1/32 scale F-14 kit has been around for quite a few years
now and is a nice model which portrays the "A" Tomcat Nicely.
Unfortunately Tamiya have not seen fit (yet) to update their model to
depict the aircraft in it's later "B", "D" or "Bombcat" variations.
This set goes some way to addressing this shortfall by allowing the
modeller to put a later version cockpit into their model (You could also
use it to improve on the standard kit cockpit which is a little lacking in
detail if you're not overly worried by accuracy).
Owing to the scale and size of the intended recipient, this is a large
set which contains some very large pieces of resin, as well as a sheet of
etched brass details, acetate instrument details and some small etched
steel sheets for the seats.
The level of detail on the resin parts is very nice as you might expect
and the moulding of the seats in pretty much one piece (without harnesses)
is a testament to the mould designer's art. The two resin cockpit tubs are
probably the largest pieces of resin that I have yet seen for an aircraft
kit! The resin includes the parts for the two cockpit tubs, both
instrument panels, instrument coamings, cockpit side walls, both seats,
small seat details and canopy structural detail.
The etched brass sheet contains very nicely detailed parts for some of
the instrument and graphic display faces, delicate cockpit details and
quite a bit of material for canopy detail.
A sheet of photo acetate is included to depict the instrument and
Lastly, there are two small sheets of etched steel for buckles and
details for the Ejection seats. Unfortunately I could find no reference to
any of these components or their placement on the seats (or any mention of
the seats at all actually) in the instructions so you will need to come up
with your own reference for these.
The four pages of instructions, whilst having a "hand drawn" look to
the illustrations, seem to cover all aspects of assembly and painting of
the set quite well (except for the ejection seats as mentioned
previously). In particular they point out the difficulty of accurately
depicting the Tomcat cockpit owing to the fact that *almost* no two are
alike. It is explained that many aircraft have different configurations
depending on the upgrades and modifications carried out (even within the
same squadron!). The manufacturers explain what they have used for
reference under these circumstances and also provide directions on what
components of the set to use depending on the configuration of the machine
you may choose to model (from the information they had available to them
anyway). A nice bit of "extra effort" I thought.
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to view larger images:
Unfortunately, a set of this size and detail doesn't come cheap and the
cost may be a drawback for some. The other consideration which could be a
dis-incentive is the fact that, to accurately use this set, you will need
to convert the rest of the airframe to match the cockpit. This will either
mean scratch building or another conversion or detail set (such as Teknics
TK32011 set) for the outside of the kit as well which, after the purchase
price of the original kit and this cockpit set, will make for a *very*
expensive project indeed.
This is an impressive set that will result in a super detailed cockpit
for the Tamiya 1/32 scale Tomcat for those who wish to depict a more
recent, operational machine or even just to "pep up" the existing cockpit.
I'd recommend this set for most modellers, however, due to the size of
this set (with quite a bit of resin removal and cutting required) and the
lack of instructions for assembling and detailing the seats, some previous
experience with multimedia sets might be handy.
Meteor Productions for the review
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