Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Model 21 Dai-Nippon Teikoku Kaigun (Imperial Japanese Navy 1868–1945) Akagi Aircraft Carrier FG (Lt. Cdr. Shigeru Itaya) | Attack on US Pacific Fleet - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 1941(Result: loss) | IJN LT. grey
Albyn Roman II I added this to my stash recently but am going to wait until I improve some of my modeling skills a bit first, only because i hear this is such an amazing kit and I want to be able to do it justice. This one will be a special build because my Great Uncle Vincent recently passed and he was one of the drafters at Grumman during the original design phase of this amazing jet! I will probably inscribe a goodbye message on the interior of the body somewhere...
26. June 2019, 19:07
Patrick Hagelstein Whow, that's something special. In that case, I can totally understand you want to do this kit, and especially him, justice.
Choppa Nutta haha, is that bad of a fit ?
ah well, the practice will do me good !
7. August 2016, 02:46
Michael Hickey Well after viewing Cliffy's Cat I think I need a piece of humble pie. He done a nice job.
7. August 2016, 03:03
Choppa Nutta Reading through the review it does have some shortcomings but for the price and the addition of some cheap PE for the cockpit, also it was a new tool in 2002 so not that old at all really and I've got a rivet wheel !
Feeling tempted actually
7. August 2016, 03:23
H. Wi Still nobody able to tell if the new Tamiya cat can be built overswept or not?
Patrick Hagelstein Markus, overswept means that the wings are completely folded for storage or moving around on a flight deck. Overswept means that the wings hang marginally over the stabilizers, so no movibg of those is possible.
11. May 2018, 08:00
Markus Antonius ahh i see! never recognised this in photographs of tomcats in carrier-bays... thanks patrick!
11. May 2018, 09:53
Mathijs Beenhakker Markus The F-14's wing sweep can be varied between 20° and 68° in flight and for storage on deck or hangar they had the oversweep of 75 degrees
12. May 2018, 17:41
Markus Antonius Is there any chance to build it with gears up without any problems?
11. May 2018, 06:17
Patrick Hagelstein Shouldn't be any problem. The doors are all separate and knowing Tamiya in exactly the same size as their corresponding openings.
11. May 2018, 08:01
Markus Antonius ok, but it is not intended in the instructions? thanks anyway
Akira Shiomi I had built two. One for VF-2 Bounty Hunters, one for VF-84 Jolly Rogers. Now I am making one for the IRIAF version.
15. February 2017, 02:32
Roy McKay Is the boat tail fairing correct for the VF-1 plane? It's right for the other two for sure but I thought Enterprise's Tomcats had the early fairing until they went overall gull grey. Also are the early fin stiffeners correct for the Nimitz bird?
Holger Kranich You know, Choppy, when i opened the box of the fine HobbyBoss F-14B i was a little bit shocked about all the possibilitys and open hatches you can realise with the kit. To be honest, it stops me from building it because i´m just a lazy modeler. So this Tamiya offering is just perfefect for me.
25. August 2016, 15:24
Holger Kranich And i´m looking forward the AMK kit. Should be easy to build, too!
Patrick Hagelstein First one is out there! And what a joy it is!!! Tamiya allready got me hooked! Let's see what AMK is up to.
20. July 2016, 04:50
Germen V IS IT OUT? Apparently not at HLJ or Sprues, not even on Tamiya's own website.
Btw i can't open the MMZ review. Anyone? Huenlil where did you got it? Pics?
20. July 2016, 15:49
Rex I right-clicked and opened it in a new tab. I couldn't find an English button, though. Those pics look like Tamiya has another winner there.
20. July 2016, 16:39
huenlil It is a test shot preview from Korean model website. I can't read Korean either
20. July 2016, 16:52
Germen V and you post a 'PREVIEW' from somewhere on a Korean site that you found, and joyfully post it here as a 'REVIEW' of a kit that is not out yet? Strong.
It's nothing personal, but the fuzz around this one kit in this mega-business is starting to annoy me. We have all seen the pictures of the test-sprues, read all the rifraf about the weapons, the prices etc, on all the different modelling forums ,You tube.
Patience boys and girls, it's just a matter of weeks and then you all can get loose on this, what I call, 'The release of the century of another Tomcat-kit'.
20. July 2016, 17:25
Rex Germen, what a lot of the sites and posts have missed is the fact that weapons will be included, and that the pre-order price to the US from Japan is only $87 USD with the shipping.
Lots of comments around about this kit being "too expensive", based on the MSRP of the future, and the outdated thought that weapons won't be in the box.
This is according to a Tamiya spokesperson's posts. I'll see this kit at the US Nats.
20. July 2016, 18:54
Germen V I'll have to wait here in my little country till the kit hits the shelves to see it.
But i hope you understand my annoy in the fact that it is just another F-14, and i have nothing against it, in fact i love it.
How many companies are or had offered a F-14, regardless the quality, 8 (Hasegawa, Revell/Monogram, Academy, Italeri, Hobby Boss, Fujimi, Mastercraft and AMK. Just the fuzz around it because it's Tamiya.
Wasn't there any other military aircraft in the world that they could have produced that doesn't exist yet in 1/48.
BTW, if you look in the kit database here, there is already someone who marked it as in his stash.
20. July 2016, 19:38
Rex oh, yeah, I get your point about "just another Tomcat". Just like you, I am waiting for some Never Produced stuff in my scale, as well. I don't see that guy's country on his profile,,,,,,maybe he is over there and got one of the pre-productions?
Germen V Rex, maybe yes,. Hagel, explain me because i don't understand what you mean with that.
21. July 2016, 09:24
Patrick Hagelstein As I exclaimed 'First one is out there!' I meant the first review is posted on Scalemates. And it was a joy to see the details and the fine surface details. That's all.
Ik was dus blij dat er na heel veel speculatie en sporadische beelden van Tamiya zelf nu eindelijk eens van dichtbij naar de onderdelen van de kit kan worden gekeken. En ja, het is nog steeds wachten en geduld hebben, maar een beetje voorpret kan zeker geen kwaad.
21. July 2016, 10:38
Murad ÖZER no mention of a tomcat so far from the tamiya booth: