Hobby Master HA5228 – 1/72 Scale F-14A Tomcat Diecast Model
1/72 Scale Air Power Series
|Length||26.0 cm||10.23 in||Approx|
|Wingspan swept||16.1 cm||6.34 in||Approx|
|Wingspan spread||27.1 cm||10.70 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Optional ordnance
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Removable pilot & RIO figurines
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Variable sweep wings & movable horizontal stabilisers
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Grumman F-14A Tomcat, VF-111, US Navy – Hobby Master HA5228
Hobby Master diecast model HA5228 replicates in 1/72 scale the Grumman F-14A Tomcat, s/n 160660. Commander Air Group (CAG) aircraft of Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111) “Sundowners,” tail code NL/200, US Navy, deployed with Carrier Air Wing 15 (CVW-15) onboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) during 1986.
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American tandem-seat, twin-engine maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defence interceptor, and tactical aerial reconnaissance platform. It is the largest and heaviest US fighter to operate from an aircraft carrier. Developed for the US Navy to carry the AIM-54 Phoenix missile, the first flight took place on December 21, 1970, entering service in 1974. Iran, the only other operator of the Tomcat, ordered 30 in 1974. The US Navy retired its last F-14s in 2006, but it remains in service with the Iranian air force.
Airframe construction is mainly of titanium and aluminium with a semi-monocoque fuselage, tandem-seat cockpit, crewed by a pilot (front), and Radar Intercept Officer (rear). Flight instruments are a mixture of analog and digital.
Wings are a shoulder-mounted variable-sweep cantilever design; tail is also of cantilever design with twin fins and an all-moving tailplane. The retractable undercarriage is a tricycle type.
The F-14A uses two Pratt & Whitney TF30 afterburning low bypass turbofan jet engines; some received an upgrade to the General Electric GE F110. F-14Bs and -Ds use the GE F110-400. The F-14 has a maximum speed of 2,485 km/h (1,544 mph) and a combat range of 926 km (575 mi), a range of 3,000 km (1,800 mi), and a service ceiling of 16,000 m ( 53,000 ft ) plus.
Armament consists of a single 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan cannon internally in the nose. Ten hard-points; six under the fuselage, two on the wing gloves, and two under the engine nacelles. Able to carry air-to-air missiles, bombs both precision-guided and unguided, drop tanks, mission-specific pods.
In 1986 the US Navy introduced a wing commander/deputy wing commander concept (Super CAG). The deputy wing commander was responsible for the day-to-day operations, allowing the wing commander to focus on power projection, enhanced tactical development, and strike planning of all the battle groups assets involved with placing weapons on targets.