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1/32nd F-14 Tomcats by Trumpeter

March 28 2012 at 9:53 AM
Clyde  (Login cmlourensz)
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I have heard mixed reviews re these kits. Particularly in relation to the positioning of the intakes - they just don't have the right angles. I read somewhere that they are correct, just the wrong way around in the instructions - any truth in this? Trying to figure out if I should get one or stick with the Tamiya offering. Thanks. Clyde.

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Steven j corvi
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Big Problem is the PRICE!...

March 28 2012, 10:06 AM 

Not so much the kit--Especially if you know the type--To many, it is NOT justiafiably worth that much more than the older Tamiya kit which many already have--Your call

It comes down to if you already have the Tamiya kit-stick with it--IF NOT- then perhaps if you can get the NEWER Trumpeter kit @ a good price you may want to go that way.

BTW- The Trumpeter kit is completely engraved & the Tamiya kit is mixed raised & engraved...IF this matters to you..ALso read as many online reviews as you can!






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Dave Williams
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Resisted a long time because of the price, but...

March 31 2012, 8:41 AM 

When Squadron had their big 50% off sale, I finally took the plunge and picked up all three kits. Don't think I would have ever bought one if I hadn't got them at that price point.

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(Login cunumdrum61)
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Trumpies F-14

March 28 2012, 11:06 AM 

Yes the varaible ramps are the wrong way around in the intructions.The intakes themselves are also to square in profile. The Trumpeter kit is more accurate in the shape of the nose and windsceen than the Tamiya kit. Zacto models are producing new intakes for them in resin. Check out Zactoman on ARC to see them in the works.
I prefer the Trumpeter kit over the old Tamiya kit.Except for the intakes I think it is a better kit as it gives you more options.I also prefer scribed panel lines on a kit but that's just my .2 cents worth.

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George Campbell
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At least i know Tamiya did them right --

March 28 2012, 8:51 PM 

I did one for a friend (RIO) in supersonic mode ... Cool Looking !!! George

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Danny Attree
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April 2 2012, 11:07 AM 

Hi there i have built a couple of Tamiya F-14A and i can tell you that while there are a few issues with the Trumpeter kit it is a better deal for the money, The Tamiya kit is well over priced for a very old kit, it has alot of surface detail missing, the engine inlets are missing any form of inlet tube, its just a hole. I spent a very long time scratch building my own ones as follows.
The kit cocklpit is terrible and needs atleast a new tub, this is all dependant to the standard you want to build to.
For me it was a nice Aires replacement.

I suppose the greatest thing you will need is good reference material, as without this you will never realise what is wrong. For that there is only the Daco Publication Uncovering the F-14a/b/d, it is brilliant, more detail than you can shake a stick at, 20+ pages on the cockpit alone with seperate info for the seats, every page is full of colour up close pictres.

For me it is simple if you want a greater detail kit straight out the box then it has to be the Trumpeter one. The Tamiya one is a real long slog to get up to any real standard.

Kind regards


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