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Old 04-16-2012, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've seen many posts where people seemed to be uncertain about buying the Century Wings F-14 Tomcatters.

I think it may be helpful for those of you who have purchased the model to comment on your satisfaction or lack thereof with this release.

I, personally, paid full retail price US $138.99, and I'm very satisfied with the model. The QC issues are present, but they don't detract from the overall beauty and presentation of the Tomcat. Just my 2 cents.
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I loved them all. Each and every CW model I bought was nicely detailed and accurately done relative to 1/72 scale.
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As I made clear in the CW SR-71 Rapid Rabbit Sale at Petes Collectibles, I'm still unsure about the CW F-14 Tomcatters model. QC issues i heard are horrible. From canopies that dont close properly, to wings and horizontal stabilizers falling off. To that huge *** gap in the upper fuselage. As much as I really want to own this model (and I really do) every time I seem to want to make a move to buy, I seem to recall those horrible stories.....
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As I made clear in the CW SR-71 Rapid Rabbit Sale at Petes Collectibles, I'm still unsure about the CW F-14 Tomcatters model. QC issues i heard are horrible. From canopies that dont close properly, to wings and horizontal stabilizers falling off. To that huge *** gap in the upper fuselage. As much as I really want to own this model (and I really do) every time I seem to want to make a move to buy, I seem to recall those horrible stories.....
QC issues pretty much made me quit buying CW Tomcats.
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As I made clear in the CW SR-71 Rapid Rabbit Sale at Petes Collectibles, I'm still unsure about the CW F-14 Tomcatters model. QC issues i heard are horrible. From canopies that dont close properly, to wings and horizontal stabilizers falling off. To that huge *** gap in the upper fuselage. As much as I really want to own this model (and I really do) every time I seem to want to make a move to buy, I seem to recall those horrible stories.....
I would go ahead and order it, this piece rarely goes on discount. I bought two of them and they look great. One of them is missing the antenna on its back. But that is no issue and can be replace since it is a very small piece. This is the best F-14 CW have made so far, in my view.
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I've seen many posts where people seemed to be uncertain about buying the Century Wings F-14 Tomcatters.

I think it may be helpful for those of you who have purchased the model to comment on your satisfaction or lack thereof with this release.

I, personally, paid full retail price US $138.99, and I'm very satisfied with the model. The QC issues are present, but they don't detract from the overall beauty and presentation of the Tomcat. Just my 2 cents.
I have 4 tomcats from CW from the older models [3 JRs and a Grim Reaper] and and am happy with it inspite of being expensive. I cant speak about issues that were discussed in previous threads in different forums as I dont have the mentioned models....but make it a point to enjoy what you bought and not to be influenced by what others say....its youre decision and you liked it in the first place....and its your money.......just enjoy and be proud with what you have....same with me....i just get what i want and thats it......Scott.......

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I have no problems recommending the earlier Century Wings releases. I have the VF-101 Grim Reapers and VF-103 Jolly Rogers Tomcats. Both are superb with nothing much to complain about in the QC department.

However, the VF-143 Pukin Dogs and VF-31 Tomcatters releases were terrible. I had both and had to sell them off. Neither of them had the fit and finish I expected from a Century Wings product.

Now maybe I was simply unlucky and got a bad lot. But the experience has rather soured me on Century Wings Tomcats. Even moreso now that they're charging prices that are beyond what I'm willing to pay.
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Guys this is only the die-cast. what your expect?. i would suggest for the collector who has put their complaint move to plastic kit model. Then, its will satisfy you a lots. Tq.
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I managed to buy me a last stock of the limited edition CW F-14 IRIAF through my local dealer, last month. No QC issues on this model that I can detect. In fact, I considered myself lucky to get my hand on this beautiful model while the asking price for the same is soaring like mad day by day on the ebay. It is my most favourite model of my collections.
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QC ★★★★☆

price ★★☆☆☆
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I managed to buy me a last stock of the limited edition CW F-14 IRIAF through my local dealer, last month. No QC issues on this model that I can detect. In fact, I considered myself lucky to get my hand on this beautiful model while the asking price for the same is soaring like mad day by day on the ebay. It is my most favourite model of my collections.

May I know -if you don't object to share- how much did you pay for the CW F-14 IRIAF?
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May I know -if you don't object to share- how much did you pay for the CW F-14 IRIAF?
Thank you.
Of course not aritrixa. After conversion from my local currency, it's about $102, a bit higher from its original market price when it came into retail in 2010 I believe, and do correct me if I'm wrong, i.e around $89 and about the same price available in the UK, that is equivalent to $103.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:58 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I've got three of their Tomcats, the VF-41 high viz with black radome, one of the Libyan VF-41s, and the VF-103 last Tomcat cruise. Apart from some gaps that especially are bad on the Libyan one, there's nothing much to complain I think.
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:59 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I also really want a D version

Im liking tomcatters as last of the line so to speak, and great art, the bounty hunters looks a little more battle hardened with history etc...i may be wrong....(both spread there weight in middle east regions)

I have just received, in last week the vf103 2004 jolly rogers 'B' , and yet to 'open' mig killer 8'1 black aces....(arrived today) added to last months f-4E 'arkanssas' and a f-4EJ

Im torn ... just dont want to pay £100+ uk for tomcatters or £85 for bounty for it to display gaps or poss other q/c issues.
May have to buy tomcatters from across the pond or australia...so if rubbish, cant really return!!

Aim to have one of each variant!!!

WHEN'S NEXT CENTURY WINGS RELEASE??? could it be a another D

Out of the two what seems the fav???
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:13 PM   #16 (permalink)
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after the last couple of tomcats and the F-4 Phantom....it seems quiet at CW for the past few months. With so much negative issues of their last few products....I doubt if they still continue doing !/72 models. If you visit CWs website, youll see that they still are active doing doing 1/144 scale models, mainly WW2 japanese aircrafts,perhaps only intended for the japanese collectors.
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after the last couple of tomcats and the F-4 Phantom....it seems quiet at CW for the past few months. With so much negative issues of their last few products....I doubt if they still continue doing !/72 models. If you visit CWs website, youll see that they still are active doing doing 1/144 scale models, mainly WW2 japanese aircrafts,perhaps only intended for the japanese collectors.
CW's focus is on the Japanese market. Makes sense they're doing 1:144 models if the Japanese are into that scale.

CW are probably still not happy about Wolfpack F-14 being canceled.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:52 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Poss a gap for HM to jump in, if they can do them better than witty ,dragon ,fov, then crack on...even if they sit between c.w and fov etc price brackets.

If not were have to wait for c.w..mabe there create a supply/demand situation for next release , so to sell out and keep interest.

If they were 30% cheaper, people wouldn't worry to much about q/c issues.

Any way .
Opened up vf41 , AJ102 black aces 1981. cracking model, only issue was the lower pallets, slight gap, and little bits of what i would say over spray,or filler like substance here n there, 90% gone now.cost me £60 uk , new...thats worth it in my book for first combat kill f-14.

Just have to decide on what f-14 D to go for now lol..
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Finally took the plunge today and ordered VF41 , AJ102 black aces after reading the forums comments and finding it an affordable £60.

Hope the one that I get doesn't suffer from QC issues as some have experienced. I have asked the retailer to check the model for any manufacturing defects before sending - is this frowned on or are retailers normally happy to do it?

Anyway, fingers crossed for later this week when it will be delivered - looking forward to my first CW F-14.
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I love mine , as above £60 new..just think if all around cw 60/70..they would make a killing , selling double of the releases, so what if not so exclusive...
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I managed to buy me a last stock of the limited edition CW F-14 IRIAF through my local dealer, last month. No QC issues on this model that I can detect. In fact, I considered myself lucky to get my hand on this beautiful model while the asking price for the same is soaring like mad day by day on the ebay. It is my most favourite model of my collections.
I also have the IRIAF one, it's awesome, however I can not close the canopy and that kind of sucks
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I also have the IRIAF one, it's awesome, however I can not close the canopy and that kind of sucks
Mine works fine, moscarron. Maybe it's because of the position of both pilot figures in the cockpit. Try close the canopy first without the pilots and see whether it fits properly and then fix the pilots securely into the cockpit by pressing gently downwords until the pilot figures are secured in their positions (their helmet should be beneath the small wire located on the headrest each on the front and back seat of the cockpit).

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Well, as per my earlier post, my first CW F-14A has duly arrived at 38 Battery towers!

I'm pleased to say that my example, VF-41 Black Aces AJ102, does not have any of the QC issues that others have identified.

The model is superb, with the attention to detail excellent, I particularly like the markings on the Phoenix missiles. Everything fits together well, and apart from the gap for the pallets, the finish is first class.

For £60 ($98) it is good value for money and I would definitely invest in more models at that price, however when the most desirable examples cost in excess of £85 ($138), if you're lucky, it is unlikely I'll be in a position to buy too many more.

Anyway, really pleased with my AJ102, I've just got to get down to the local glass merchant to order another shelf for my display cabinet - space is becoming a real issue! I doubt I'll ever have a collection remotely equal to most on here and I'm going to have to be very disciplined about my buying habits!

Having said that I've got a Hobby Master F-16, F-18D and F4E on pre-order - need to calm down a bit! To get those past the gatekeeper (wife ) I will have to employ a great deal of subterfuge!

Anyway here's a couple of pictures of my F-14A, thanks to all for your posts on CW F-14's - your information/experiences are a great source of advice.

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I have Fast Eagle 102 as well
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The Fast Eagles are great. I'm glad yours didn't have any issues, Steve. It's so sad that some of these have the QC problems, because these low vis releases present the iconic F-14 that served well for many years in it's most common general livery.

I hope CW survives whatever is going on. I truly hope they are re-assessing their production techniques to eliminate the QC issues and get back to their roots.
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I really hope CW continues making beautiful models aside from only F-14s,SR-71s and other older aircrafts theyve made....there are lots of other aircraft still waiting to be made like the Hawkeye, Prowler perhaps a U-2 and many more.....and with the present economic crisis, it would be welcome if they adjust their prices where its affordable for the diecast collectors....thats if they want to survive the competition with other diecast manufacturers....theres no use making ''Žxclusives'' and making only a handful collectors happy in my opinion.....doing great and beautiful models which are very much saleable and making a profit is the main reason to remain in bussiness after all.......

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Agreed Mar_ji 100%. Hopefully they will make a momentous come back.
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My fast eagle 102 again no reall q/c at all, i think considering its A historic f-14 they should be more rare themselves... £60 is also what i payed...bargain, i love it.

If cw made more releases and say in 3000 or 4000 batches they would sell them all as long as there more around £60..no brainer, couldn't give a monkeys if rare or not...Only themselves to blame.
No new releases in the future so i'm guessing thats it for cw and f-14s...sooo many more to do...
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I really hope CW continues making beautiful models aside from only F-14s,SR-71s and other older aircrafts theyve made....there are lots of other aircraft still waiting to be made like the Hawkeye, Prowler perhaps a U-2 and many more.....and with the present economic crisis, it would be welcome if they adjust their prices where its affordable for the diecast collectors....thats if they want to survive the competition with other diecast manufacturers....theres no use making ''Žxclusives'' and making only a handful collectors happy in my opinion.....doing great and beautiful models which are very much saleable and making a profit is the main reason to remain in bussiness after all.......
Maybe CW will release more JR Tomcats
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Oh,noooooooooooo..........not again...:c ry:
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The Fast Eagles are great. I'm glad yours didn't have any issues, Steve. It's so sad that some of these have the QC problems, because these low vis releases present the iconic F-14 that served well for many years in it's most common general livery.

I hope CW survives whatever is going on. I truly hope they are re-assessing their production techniques to eliminate the QC issues and get back to their roots.




It seems I may have spoken too soon!

After looking at Carbon Plane's link to his two Fast Eagles, I've noticed on my model that the undercarriage wells aren't painted white and the "USS Nimitz" signage is missing from the starboard wing leading edge, so it seems that QC remains an issue with CW.

However, despite this I'm still really enjoying my model and I guess that's the most important thing in the end.

Having said that, if CW are going to continue to push up their prices to ridiculous levels, then their QC has to be 100%.

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Sorry to hear that You're right, CW have to fix their QC issues if they want people to pay more for their models.
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I have no problems recommending the earlier Century Wings releases. I have the VF-101 Grim Reapers and VF-103 Jolly Rogers Tomcats. Both are superb with nothing much to complain about in the QC department.

However, the VF-143 Pukin Dogs and VF-31 Tomcatters releases were terrible. I had both and had to sell them off. Neither of them had the fit and finish I expected from a Century Wings product.

Now maybe I was simply unlucky and got a bad lot. But the experience has rather soured me on Century Wings Tomcats. Even moreso now that they're charging prices that are beyond what I'm willing to pay.
Really suprised to hear how bad alot of peoples models turned out being with tomcatters release. Appreciate mine so much more now, I always thought only the dogs was bad. I remember when we were discussing the witty tomcatters not much was said about this model having that many problems.
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