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1:72 Grumman F-14D Tomcat (Great Wall Hobby L7203)
Grumman F-14D Tomcat
Great Wall Hobby 1:72
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14. August at 19:11:11 Share
Martin o Finally arrived! I have to say I was very skeptical towards all the praise in comparisons with Finemolds. After seeing the kit, I am skeptical a lot less :) Very surprising kit.
14. August at 19:14:14
15. August at 00:55:15
Federico Burchianti Mine is still in the way; it's taken more than a month to arrive from Hong Kong ☹
17. August at 16:08:42
Patrick Hagelstein Mine took a while as well... But the patience is rewarded. ;)
17. August at 23:26:04
Federico Burchianti Hi Patrick. I have seen your photo gallery (thank you); the kit seems quite well done, at least at the same level of FM (and their-D version is near impossibile to assemble and quite expensive).
18. August at 09:04:43
Patrick Hagelstein Hi Federico! What is it that you have trouble with for the FineMolds -D? Personally I find the engineering quite pleasant and far better than Hasegawa. I haven't started the GWH kit yet (got a bit bugged down in other projects...) but on inspecting the parts, find that their panel lines and rivets are even finer than the FineMolds ones. And with the FineMolds one I had to shim the openable access panels in order to have them sitting flush with the fuselage.
18. August at 15:44:14
18. August at 15:47:51
Patrick Hagelstein Have you seen this series by Hobby Link Japan?
18. August at 15:48:10
Federico Burchianti Ji Patrick, Sorry, for 'assemble' I mean 'find the four issues of Japan magazine iwhere the -D version has been published and buy them.' Beside, I have the -A version, VF-84/VF-111 kit, and it's a great kit, actually the most detailed available in 1/72 scale..
19. August at 06:23:04
Patrick Hagelstein Check! Gotcha! :D Yeah, that marketing trick worked well for then for the -D. Now it's hard to get the 'kit' together. Both the -A's are easier to get for sure!
19. August at 06:36:08
Martin o I was of the same opinion Federico! That the Finemolds tomcat is best in 72. GWH still manages to surpass it in many areas though! and the GWH wings are just a joy!
19. August at 07:50:48
Federico Burchianti Beside, FineMolds can still come back and publish the -D as a complete kit, expecially now that's the GreatWall -D kit is the main contender, or release a -B version kit. At the moment I have 5(!!!) F-14 1/72 kits, but… there is always room for one (or two…) more.
19. August at 10:21:27
Martin o There is never enough 72 tomcats. I have seven :)
19. August at 12:29:43
Patrick Hagelstein True Martin, so true.... ;)
19. August at 14:44:26
Federico Burchianti When I'll have enough, I will just switch to 1/48 scale :)
19. August at 17:35:49
Martin o not much of a fan of 48 so i am at 72 to stay :)
19. August at 18:13:46
Federico Burchianti Ohhh!!! Finally my copy is arrived today :)
3. September at 18:37:27
Patrick Hagelstein Please tell us what you feel right now! :D Is it living up to your expectations? ;)
3. September at 18:58:04
Martin o yes, do tell! i am waiting for my hobbyboss kit to arrive for my review gwh vs hobbyboss vs finemolds
3. September at 20:56:01
Maciej Bellos Following!
4. September at 03:27:04
Federico Burchianti It's a very impressive kit, it's more similar to a 1/48 with all the parts and complexity than to a 1/72. I have taken all the sprue and compare it to my Fine Molds F-14 (early A model). Both seem so well done that's difficult to say which one is superior (if one is superior to the other); there are many small differences and probably just assembling them I can have an exhaustive opinion. That said, I have excited to have such great models of my favorite aircraft; they have raised the level above even to Hasegawa and Fujimi (the -A model isn't bad at all) kits. Just a final note: the Greatwall F-14D has a completed set of missile (so yes, even the Sidewinders are in the box) but no air-to-ground armament or pods and, if you like to do a "flying" model as I like, you have to add the pilots.
7. September at 19:17:59
Patrick Hagelstein The weird thing is that really early hat a sprue overview with BRUs and LANTIRN pods included. Hopefully a Bombcat is not too long out as I intend to build mine as a late F-14A with TERs mounted on the BRUs.
7. September at 23:57:58
Federico Burchianti think I will do it 'out the box' as VF-2 CAG, armed with all air-to-air missiles. As I havè at least other 4 Tomcats on the stash, including a Hasegawa F-14D with both pods, I like the idea to use this one to make the F-14 at the apex of the career as fighter (-D version, mid '90s).

8. September at 07:21:10
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