This is an injection-plastic jet aircraft model kit.
Tamiya has released another masterpiece of a kit onto the world. This 1/48th scale Grumman F-14A Tomcat is an all new tool kit with the excellent fit and finish that Tamiya are famous for. Parts come molded in grey plastic with finely scribed panel lines and clear for the canopy. The wings on this kit are moveable and can be positioned opened or closed. Two figures and three types of missiles (four of each), the AIM-9G/H Sidewinder, AIM-7E Sparrow and AIM-54A Phoenix are included with this kit. Also included are paint masking seals and decals to build one of the following three marking options:
VF-84 “Jolly Rogers” CAG Bird, 1979 (USS Nimitz)
VF-2 “Bounty Hunters”, 1976 (USS Enterprise)
3-6079, Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), Tactical Fighter Base 8, 1980
This kit measures 398mm long and 212mm wide wings closed or 408mm wide with the wings open.
From the manufacturer:
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy's Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program following the collapse of the F-111B project. The F-14 was the first of the American teen-series fighters, which were designed incorporating the experience of air combat against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War.
This specific model kit depicts the F-14A Tomcat variant. The F-14A was the initial two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather interceptor fighter variant for the U.S. Navy. It first flew on December 21, 1970. As a U.S. Navy fighter it fulfilled the dual roles of long range interceptor and air superiority fighter, and later bomber. Deployed from 1974 to 2006, it successfully employed a "swing wing", which offered variable sweep. The F-14A, which covers most of the early variants, was the most prolifically-produced variant of the Tomcat. 79 were exported to Iran before U.S.-Iranian relations began to deteriorate, and later took part in the Iran-Iraq War.