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Old 11-25-2006, 02:25 AM   #1
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Hi Gurus,

I am looking at adding some F-14s to my collection and would like to get an idea of which manufacturer to go for. I read some contrasting opinions about DW's F-14s, and I haven't heard much about Forces of Valor and Witty Wings.

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Old 11-25-2006, 10:54 PM   #2
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Hi,
Herpa is coming out with or maybe already out,with an F-14. It looks very nice. Go to Herpa.de and look under wings anl you'll find it there. Hop you have luck!
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Old 11-27-2006, 02:03 PM   #3
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From what I have seen, the Herpa F-14 looks nice, but they are 1/200 scale.

I have the Dragon Wings 1/72 scale F-14 and they are great. I have not purchased any of the Witty Wings F-14 since the photos that I have seen, there is a horrible seam around the nose. Have not seen any Forces of Valor F-14, but I understand they are about to release a new version of the F-14. The pictures look awesome. You can find them here: Airlinebuzz - Bringing our hobby together!
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Old 11-28-2006, 04:54 PM   #4
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from other sites i frequent, FOV's Black Knight F-14A are reported as the best F-14 out there currently ... their first one of the Jolly Rodger version sucked big time

-the overall shape is the most correct out there now
-full range of weapons
-green tint on the front canopy
-the only real negative was basically the panels on the entire model tend to stand out more than other models

I think Dragon are pretty good too and has lots of versions out but I can't deal with the undercarriage staying in place since I like the landing gear down look and if they offered a full payload of weapons ... I don't like the upcoming D versions and bombs ... its more a mental thing for me as I always think of the F-14 as a fleet defender vs a strike aircraft (even if it can do it)

I had high hopes for Witty but they just get it wrong, the first one they rolled out, Swordsman version didn't have the correct front canopy, all the weapons are usually white ... i don't know just a disappointment for not getting the details correct

there is new version coming out soon, Century Wings is the company ... F-14A version ... there is also a version that depicts the squatted down postion with the leading edge flaps out just before the catapult launch
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Old 11-28-2006, 05:19 PM   #5
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renyf1: You seem to know quite a bit about the Century Wings F-14 as I think you posted the pics on 400SH. Do you know who in the US will be carrying these? The catapult launch one looks absolutely awesome and I'm looking to get one of those.
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trust me i don't have any inside knowledge on anything, just posting what others had written in other forums :-)

so far i haven't read anything about who specifically will release them in the US and the Century Wings website is no help since its all Japanese

I think the best thing to do is contact where u normally buy models from and ask them and/or make a request to carry the Century Wings line

i wish someone made a really good F-14D, low visibility, fleet defender verison
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Just my 2 cents here. I have had the Forces of Valour F-14 for a few months now. I must say it is by far the most accurate Tomcat in Diecast yet. Like i cant find much wrong with it. One thing though the tails need to have a bit of slant to them i think 2 degrees they are pretty much straight up and down. Thats the main fault with the model that stands out tome anyway. The fact you can load it up anyway you want with the weapons is fabulous as well its accurate as to the painting missles and plane is done extremely well. There is a stand and the option to put the gear up or down. Oh yeah the front nose gear coulds have been a bit better. only from the part of a molded piece being removed from the front strut/shock.
Cockpit is detailed and I dont feel that the panel lines are ttoo strong. I can live with it. The wings sweep but not into the oversweep position. The Main gear is superbly done. Excellent way of swapping out the up or down position.
Thats my bit on it for now. Other than that Dragons model is not great and the Witty model needs a LOT of TLC The paint and the the errors on the Witty are a long list. I have the Swordsmen one. But In General I got the Forces of Valour one for a few dollars cheaper than the Witty and I got ten times the model with the Forces of Valor!
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PS. Dont know what FOVs plans are for more tomcats however I will be searching for more anyways and having them stripped down and done up with different liviries. Why buy a plastic kit when I could have a superb Tomcat with changable weapons and Gear on a Diecast model with any Squadron I want!!! Those are my plans.
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First of all, does anybody know what the heck is wrong with abuzz.com?
Hard to register, was there an "invitation" thing there? I mean, I seem to remember sth like that.

The expert on Tomcats is not me, it's David, not around as of lately, it seems. There are plenty of inaccuracies on the Dragon F-14, inconsistent details on different versions, and the Witty version, despite looking sturdier and better put together, has a blatant cockpit error and lacks the look of the real plane because of this reason.

Forces of Valor released a new F-14 mouild a few months ago and seems to be the winner so far. Be careful, there was a very old Jolly Rogers out there that looks...like sh1t.

Also, there is a new player out there, called Century Wings and their Tomcats are min-blowing. They have been released in Japan already...and it seems to share similarities with FOV's mould, but has improved details.
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a few pictures from a japanese retailer TOPGUN ダイキャストモデル専門店 トップガン
These are two versions, so don't go thinking the leading and trailing edges are moveable!
flaps are fixed in the up or down position.

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Old 12-03-2006, 06:30 AM   #10
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Thanks guys for the information. I collect DW 1/400 airliners so that's how I got to know about the DW warbird series. I am not too familiar with the other manufacturers of 1/72 jetfighter, particularly the F-14.

Mind if I ask where do you normally get your items? I searched through eBay but seems like 1/72 F-14 are really rare. Heck, I can't even find the older release of DW F-14. On top of that there are manufacturers that I am not familiar with in terms of quality. Also, are they normally cost more in terms of shipping and handling compare to 1/400?

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Waiping:
I normally buy my 1/72 models from either Aiken's Airplanes Die-Cast Model Airplanes and Desktop Model Aircraft or Diecast Airplanes: Diecast model airplanes from Corgi, Dragon Models, Franklin Mint, Matchbox, Model Power and other die cast airplane ranges.

in terms of shipping, Aikens is pretty simple, its like $8 for the first and $2 for each additonal model, @ Flying Mule they have a upto $50 is $8, $50 to $100 is $4, over $100 = free :-)

the FOV is in stock @ Aikens ($33) but on backorder @ FlyingMule
***Make Sure You Order the Black Knight and not the Jolly Rodger version ***

my current modern jetfighters
F-15C - DW Langley (got it on sale otherwise I think I'd get the Witty)
F-16 - DW Shaw AFB (Witty doesn't have a typical USAF version I like ... didnt care for the crazy & flamboyant tail markings)
F-18E - Witty Tophatters (a bit plain but nice)
F-14D - Revell Tomcatters (only nice D version I like so far, will get the Black Knight or Century's Jolly Rodgers A models in the near future)
Su-33 - Gaincorp (they are the only one's that make it and got it on a major sale)

DW are nice but I hate dealing with the landing gears on their models and they usually offer a full compliment of weapons that u can add/remove, Witty requires no assembly but I find the weapons are all painted white and lacks any markings really & u can't remove them ... I wish the F-18E came with bombs also

Colin:
great idea in terms of repainting the FOVs, I'd def get two and get someone to paint them like Maverick & Iceman's planes :-) ... that would be awesome !!!
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sorry for double posting

I just noticed that FlyingMule will be offering Century Wing's F-14A Jolly Rodgers normal and squatted versions as a pre-order (Dec 2006)

looks pretty good but the price is kind of steep @ $60

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Old 12-14-2006, 12:57 AM   #13
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Hi,

I'm new to the whole die cast scene, usually I buy a kit (plastic) and put it together. Finding less and less time for this. Took a look at some of the die cast cats out there and that century wings F-14A has caught my eye. I did notice that the engine nozzles did not indicate the aircraft was in full afterburner...it has the look but its not going anywhere. DW and Witty F-14B/D's have working glove vanes and obviously that shouldn't be the case. I know that Witty was supposed to have fixed the F-14 cockpit, does anybody know if there are any other fixes in the works? I think Witty might have moved the LANTIRN to the starboard side since the prototype had it on the port.
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sorry for double posting

I just noticed that FlyingMule will be offering Century Wing's F-14A Jolly Rodgers normal and squatted versions as a pre-order (Dec 2006)

looks pretty good but the price is kind of steep @ $60

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The price is rather steep, plus flyingmule doesn't sell internationally. At least not to my country.
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Have you thought of the Franklin Mint 1:48 F-14's?

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Old 12-16-2006, 03:40 AM   #16
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I have DW's 1/72 VF-84 Jolly Rogers and F-15E. However, I have given up on collecting die-casts fighters because they're not as versatile as plastics. Also, die-casts cannot be weathered unlike plastics. IMHO weathering makes them more realistic.

Here are some fine samples from a Taiwanese guy I hired:




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Sorry, haven't checked in much since The Model Hangar closed. Anyways---Franklin Mint's are the least accurate of all.

Hmmn, I hadn't heard of the Century Wings one. Will have to take a closer look. From the pics at The Flying Mule, it certainly appears to be the most accurate one I've seen so far. If only somebody made an F-14B or D as accurate. But why is it so expensive? And it's mentioned as an FoV over at Airlinebuzz.
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I have DW's 1/72 VF-84 Jolly Rogers and F-15E. However, I have given up on collecting die-casts fighters because they're not as versatile as plastics. Also, die-casts cannot be weathered unlike plastics. IMHO weathering makes them more realistic.
Here are some fine samples from a Taiwanese guy I hired:


Now that F-14 reaper rocks.
I wish they made one just like that in a Century diecast.
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Old 05-05-2007, 10:25 PM   #19
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Hi,
Just thought I would add my 2 cents to this, as AirlineMuseum.com just started carrying military models. I noticed you mentioned Witty Wings, which are also known as SkyGuardians. We just got in our first batch of these and I must say they are excellent quality. We are currently listing the F-16s and P-51 Mustangs, but we will be carrying the F-14s and all their other models (about 10 different aircraft at this time) very soon. They are die-cast metal and in the case of the F-16s, the rubber tires roll, the elevators and rudder move, and the canopy opens. I assume the same would be the case for the F-14s and other jets. The printing is nice and crisp and the model itself has a good solid feel to it.
Hope that helps!
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Now that F-14 reaper rocks.
I wish they made one just like that in a Century diecast.



Starman, It looks like you got your wish! I got one of these babies and it is awesome!
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Hi Guys,

I can't speak about adding the weathering effects to diecast and plastics but I personally think that the Century Wings are far and away better than Witty. I carry Witty at my store because I think they make a good quality product for great prices. But there is definitely something about the Century Wings line. Almost every detail is included. The quality is pretty awesome and they are only about $15 more, much less than you would pay for a custom to normally get that level of detail. The only thing I wish is that Century Wings would come out with more moulds. However, one mold a year seems to be working well for them.

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Yep, by far, the Century Wings is the way to go. Since this thread started so long ago, they may have not been a contender at the time. But definately, they are the best one out there to get now. A little more expensive but well worth the price.
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Century Wings all the way! Some of, if not the best, diecast I've ever owned. I have three F-14s and the A-6 on pre-order.
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