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Old 08-08-2020, 01:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got this in from the FlyingMule:

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Grumman F-14A Tomcat Diecast Model
USN VF-84 Jolly Rogers, AJ201, USS Theordore Roosevelt, 1993
Clean Finish, 1000 Pieces worldwide
Item: CA72JR02-C

Yes here comes the Jolly Rogers, I know a lot of people are sick of the skull and bones but hey it sells. And there are people like me who already bought a bunch of Jolly Roger aircraft and I can't stop at this point.

So here we go, another Jolly Roger review but this time on Calibre Wings F-14. I bought the clean version but I was a bit torn on the decision since it's honestly "too clean" - then again I didn't want to get the weathered version because of new feature of the streak lines on the movable wings looked a bit too prominent. Anyway, here's an overview of the model:









I never did like the original display stand, so I use a witty wings/jc wings F-14 display stand, looks much better:




And here we are comparing it with the other gray low-vis Jolly Rogers that have been released in the past by Century Wings and Hobby Master




Overall a good model, no doubt Calibre Wings captures the look of the F-14 the best, the fitting on all the pieces was actually very smooth on this release. Enjoy!
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Old 08-08-2020, 01:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One of the most iconic ever, tks 4 sharing your neat photos.
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Old 08-09-2020, 03:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Awesome pictures, thank you.
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Old 08-09-2020, 10:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Got mine from the Mule this week. Bought the "weathered" version. Can't find any real weathering except for the streak marks on the moveable wings. Disappointing - Facebook photo was entirely different!
SKF says his attachments were smooth. On mine,except for the gear, the other attachments were problematical. Attachment fit on the weapons was poor, the wing weapon pylon would not fit worth a darn - had to use significant amounts of Blue Tec to get them to stay. Sure would be better if CW would deliver them attached!
and one bomb was included - what was that for?!
Also received the F-14 KAI, with the same irritating issues.
Will probably delay pre-purchasing any more Cal Wg F-14s
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Old 08-10-2020, 02:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice looking jet and nice paint scheme. I prefer the non-weathered paint scheme as well. The weathering for the covered swing wing just doesn't look quite right. It's better to find a good modeler and get them to do the weathering for you.

I like the Calibre Wings product as well as Century Wings, but I still like Hobby Master's Tomcat the best. The landing gear fits nice and tight and the swing wing action is smooth without too much play. I like the idea of the magnets on Century Wings Tomcat, but they are not strong enough. The Calibre Wings look
like the pilots might be better detailed.
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Old 08-11-2020, 02:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Got mine from the Mule this week. Bought the "weathered" version. Can't find any real weathering except for the streak marks on the moveable wings.
so, i haven't seen this directly as i haven't seeen mine yet, but I will chime in to note that as far as i can tell noel / calw have gone out of their way not to call the non-clean version 'weathered." in fact, he's gone to say somewhere i think that this is not "weathered." rather, he distinguishes them as "clean" and "normal" though some retailers and in the forums people have referred to it as 'weathered.'

he has not helped himself but HAS been hobby friendly by himself doing one-offs of truly weathered versions of his releases using oil paints and such. those look truly weathered and, for diecast, they look great. to his credit, he has made video tutorials as to how to do this as well.

not saying you did, but i suspect that people have confused his truly weathered one-offs with the 'normal' releases.

i'm currently travelling worldwide but expect to receive the second (blue) ukraf calw su-24 when i get back. i expect that one to be a real disappointment out of the box since it looks very clean and badly, badly needs the panel washes that they did on their russian gen2 su24.

however, the last calw tomcat i received was the vf31 red tail and honestly it has 'model of the year' potential all over it. it was awesome.
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Got mine from the Mule this week. Bought the "weathered" version. Can't find any real weathering except for the streak marks on the moveable wings. Disappointing - Facebook photo was entirely different!
SKF says his attachments were smooth. On mine,except for the gear, the other attachments were problematical. Attachment fit on the weapons was poor, the wing weapon pylon would not fit worth a darn - had to use significant amounts of Blue Tec to get them to stay. Sure would be better if CW would deliver them attached!
and one bomb was included - what was that for?!
Also received the F-14 KAI, with the same irritating issues.
Will probably delay pre-purchasing any more Cal Wg F-14s
same problem for me, the wing weapon pylons are really troublesome on this, on the red star one instead all worked...mah
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