Mastercraft Collection: F-14A Tomcat Jolly Rogers

$ 139.95

Introducing the ready-built  Desktop Model. This 1/ 62 scale model was handmade with precision and accuracy to produce the finest model that will be the centerpiece of your collection for years to come. This model is a perfect gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Not too big or too small, this model features a wingspan of 7.3 inches and a length of 12 inches.

This model features a very accurate paint scheme with realistic panel lines.Following the Naval Air Systems Commands 1968 request for proposals, Grumman drafted the first design of the F 14 Tomcat. The plane was a response to the Naval Fighter Experimental program which called for an air-to-air fighter that can achieve a speed of Mach 2.2 and can carry considerable weaponry. Grumman won the contract in January 1969 for the concept plane that was roughly based on the companys earlier F-111B model. Interestingly, the development of the F-14 didn't pass through prototyping. Then Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara asked to skip the long testing phase to save time and avoid any form of interference towards the program. As such, the Tomcat immediately went into production with the first unit, the F-14A, first flown on December 1970. Some experts point out that since the A-model was the first model, it can very well be considered as the prototype version. But the F 14 aircraft still entered military service even before it was modified in the later stages. The US Navy, in particular, employed 478 F-14As while Iran employed 79. Within the USN, the squadron that became synonymous with the A-model Tomcat was the VF-84 Jolly Rogers squadron.

This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!