Hobby Master HA5210
1/72 Scale Grumman F-14A Tomcat Diecast Model s/n 159625, VF-2 “Bounty Hunters”, 201 NK, USN
Embarked with CVW-14 on USS Enterprise (CVN-65) during 1975.
- Wingspan (min sweep) 27.3 cm 10.70 in Approx.
- Length 26.0 cm 10.23 in Approx.
Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted.
- Variable-sweep wings.
- Canopy displayable open or closed.
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA5210 – 1/72 Scale F-14A Tomcat Diecast Model.
1/72 Scale Air Power Series.
Hobby Master HA5210 is a 1/72 scale diecast model of the Grumman F-14A Tomcat. In the markings and colour scheme of s/n 159625. Assigned to VF-2 “Bounty Hunters” as 201 NK, US Navy. Embarked with CVW-14 aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) during 1975.
VFA-2 “Bounty Hunters”.
VFA-2 “Bounty Hunters” is an active strike fighter squadron of the United States Navy. Based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. Flying the F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2), tail code NE. The fourth squadron to use the designation VF-2. Their aircraft wear the “Langley Stripe”. A red, white and blue band around the fuselage in reference to the stripes aircraft used aboard the USS Langley (CV-1), the first US Navy aircraft carrier.
Established on October 14, 1972 at Naval Air Station Miramar, the first F-14s arrived in July 1973. Reached full squadron strength of 12 aircraft in spring 1974. First deployment took place in 1974 with VF-1 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Supported Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of US personnel from Saigon, Vietnam in April, 1975. Moved to USS Ranger (CV-61) in September 1980 until 1993. Made a single cruise aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in 1984. Supported Operation Desert Storm. After the 1992-93 cruise, moved to the USS Constellation (CV-64) and transitioned to the F-14D Tomcat. After the 1995 cruise all F-14 Tomcat squadrons moved to NAS Oceana. During 1999 supported Operation Southern Watch and again in mid 2001. In 2003, Enduring Freedom, Southern watch, and Iraqi freedom.
Re-designated VFA-2 on July 1, 2003 and began transitioning to the F/A-18F Super Hornet. First deployment with the new Super Hornet was with CVW-2 aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in October 2004. From March to October 2008 supported Operations Iraqi freedom and Enduring Freedom. Deployment in support of Operation New Dawn and Enduring Freedom from September 2010 to March 2011. In December of 2011, again supported Operation Enduring Freedom. Moved with CVW-2 to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) during 2013. Then the USS George Washington (CVN-73) from September to December 2015. In 2016, moved to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).
Grumman F-14 Tomcat.
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor and tactical aerial reconnaissance platform. Developed for the United States Navy, it first flew in December 1970 and entered service in 1974. Replacing the F-4 Phantom II in US Navy service. The design followed the collapse of the F-111B and incorporated lessons from combat during the Vietnam War. The largest and heaviest US fighter used on an aircraft carrier. It features twin engines, two-seats, variable-sweep wings. Capable of Mach 2 plus. Used by Iran during the Iran–Iraq War (1980-1988). The US Navy retired their last F-14s on September 22, 2006. Replaced by the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The F-14 remains in service with the Iran air force.
The F-14 has a two-seat tandem cockpit for pilot (front) and Radar Intercept Officer (rear). It features variable geometry wings that swept from 20° to 68° in flight. Automatically controlled to maintain optimum sweep or manually overridden. The wings swept to 75° overlapping the horizontal stabilizers to save deck space aboard carriers. The wings have full-span slats and flaps with integral fuel tanks. Much of the wing structure is titanium, including the wing box, pivots and wing skins. With no ailerons, wing-mounted spoilers and all-moving tailerons control roll. There is a retracting air-to-air refueling probe on the starboard side of the nose. There are stations for two drop tanks under the engine intake ramps.
Two retractable glove vanes in the forward part of the wing glove automatically or manually extending at high Mach numbers. Used to compensate for nose-down pitching at supersonic speeds. Later disabled owing to the added weight and complexity.
Grumman used the TF30 engines from the F-111. The engine came under criticism, responsible for 28% of all F-14 accidents. Suffered frequent turbine blade failure and compressor stalls. Some F-14As underwent upgrades to the GE F110-400 in 1987. Re-designated F-14A+ and later F-14B. The F-14D variant development took place at the same time. It included the GE F110-400 engines with newer digital avionics systems. A new Digital Flight Control System improved the F-14’s handling at a high angle of attack and combat maneuvering. A Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) became available in the late 1970s. Upgraded with a digital camera in 1996. All F-14Ds and about 65 modified F-14As carried the pod.
During the 1990s upgrades enabled the use of precision munitions with the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod. The LANTIRN pod had a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera and a laser target designator. Traditionally a two-pod system, the Tomcat used only the targeting pod. With a Global Positioning System / Inertial Navigation System (GPS-INS) added. During 2003 the Tomcat gained the ability to carry the GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM). Some F-14Ds received the ROVER III Full Motion Video (FMV) down-link in 2005. Enabling transmission of real-time images to ground commanders.
The F-14 had a 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan cannon in the nose. 10 hard-points, six under the fuselage, two under the engine nacelles and two under the wing gloves. Able to carry over 6,700 kg (14,800 lb) of ordnance and fuel. Weapons included air-to-air missiles such as the AIM-54 Phoenix, AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9 Sidewinder. Bombs included precision-guided munition (PGMs), laser guided, unguided and Mk 20 Rockeye IIs.
United States Navy Service.
The F-14 entered US Navy service in September 1974 with VF-1 “Wolfpack” and VF-2 “Bounty Hunters”. First deployment was aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Participated in the American withdrawal from Saigon. The first aerial victory occurred on August 19, 1981 during the Gulf of Sidra incident. When two F-14s engaged two Libyan Su-22s. On January 4, 1989 two F-14s shot down two Libyan MiG-23 during a second Gulf of Sidra incident. Supported Operations Deliberate Force and Allied Force. As well as Operations Desert Fox, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The last American F-14 combat mission took place on February 8, 2006 over Iraq. Retired from US Navy service on September 22, 2006 with remaining aircraft placed in storage at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
Iran ordered eighty Tomcats and 714 Phoenix missiles with spare parts during the reign of the last Shah of Iran. The Imperial Iranian Air Force received their first F-14s in January 1976. Renamed the Islāmic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) after the overthrow of the Shah in 1979. Iran cancelled most Western arms orders. In 1980, an Iranian F-14 shot down a Mil Mi-25 helicopter for its first kill during the Iran–Iraq War (1980–1988). Author Tom Cooper claims that Iranian F-14s shot down at least 160 Iraqi aircraft during the Iran–Iraq War. Scoring victories against MiG-21s, MiG-23s, and some Su-20s/22s. Iranian F-14s reportedly are escorting Russian Tu-95 bombers on air strikes in Syria.
Hobby Master HA5210 – 1/72 Scale Grumman F-14A Tomcat Diecast Model Aircraft. S/N 159625, VF-2 “Bounty Hunters”, 201 NK, USN, CVW-14, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 1975.