The F-14 is a US Navy fighter that is very popular in Japan. It seems that the reason for becoming a fan of the F-14 differs depending on the generation.
Manga “Area 88” serialized in 1979
1980 movie “Final Countdown”
1986 Movie “Top Gun”
Game “Ace Combat” series starting in 1990
In particular, the impact of the movie “Final Countdown” on Japanese people was enormous. In my case, it is a top gun, including the impression that I went to see a movie theater when I was in junior high school. I watched the final countdown on TV when I was in elementary school.
There have been rumors that Tamiya is developing the 1/48 F-14A Tom Cat since the first half of 2010. This Tamiya Tom Cat is very easy to make, and I felt that it was quite similar to the actual machine. From the intake to around the engine nacelle, and the division and accuracy of the main landing gear, there was no choice but to growl.
Since this kit has a large number of decals, some people may be frustrated by the decals, especially the large number of missile decals, but you can enjoy it without missiles. There are many pictures without missiles, so you don’t have to do it, or you can use “equipment at a later date”. Also, for caution decals, it is enough to stick only the ones you want to stick, thinking that “Tamiya put a lot of bonuses”.
It is a kit that you can fully enjoy without painting, and “there are few Tom Cat plastic models that are so similar” (I feel that 1/32 of Tamiya’s Tom Cat is also similar), so it is enough to assemble and decorate without painting. You can enjoy it even after the assembly process is completed. In addition, there is also a full-scale gull gray aircraft in F-14A, there are differences in details, and although decals are not followed in Tamiya’s kit, it is a kit that can be enjoyed even without painting.