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Old 12-21-2020, 12:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Calibre Wings F-14A Tomcat TOPGUN Maverick & Goose

This one just landed in my collection from the FlyingMule:

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Grumman F-14A Tomcat
USN, Red Eagle 114
TOPGUN, Maverick & Goose
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If you grew up in the 80s/90s, you know this model is something you desire. I even had to break my rule of "no fictional" schemes in order to get this model. As soon as I opened the box my mind was playing the Top Gun theme music and Highway to the Danger Zone. So here it is, a closer look at the Top Gun F-14 featuring Maverick and Goose by Calibre Wings:








It even comes with the camera that they mounted on the aircraft when they were filming the movie, that's a nice touch. The detailed painted helmets was also something I'm fond of...but if they were going for realism, Tom Cruise figure has to be shorter than Goose.



Interesting the the VF-1 featured in Top Gun is not referring to the real VF-1 Wolfpack F-14 Squadron. They had to make up their own Squadron and the insignia from the movie was from an E-2 Hawkeye Squadron.






I'm surprised I still have the old VH-S tape of Top Gun (yes kids that's before the digital age). But overall this is a very cool release especially with the new weathering. I'm waiting patiently for Hobby Master to release the "MiG-28" to compliment this model well.
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Old 12-21-2020, 02:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Splendid photos (as always) mate, tks 4 sharing! ;-)
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Very nice photos and review. Many thanks. I got one on order. I saw Top Gun w/ my friend when I was 10 yrs old in a cinema in Rome and it was dubbed in Italian.
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Very nice photos and review. Many thanks. I got one on order. I saw Top Gun w/ my friend when I was 10 yrs old in a cinema in Rome and it was dubbed in Italian.

I was 16 y.o. and I was with my brother, the name of the cinema was "Supercinema" in Piazza del Viminale right in front of the Ministry of Interior.
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My Captain Obvious question of the day, is provision made to display it upside-down on the stand somehow? Looks cool in that manner.


Fun fact: F-14 celebrated its 50th birthday, first flight being on Dec. 21 1970. How time flies!
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Fun fact: F-14 celebrated its 50th birthday, first flight being on Dec. 21 1970. How time flies!
Iran could make a mint by offering rides to paying customers. At $25-$35k for a 45-60 minute flight they'd have quite a bit of interest, I suppose, as there enough moderately rich guys around of just the right age.
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Iran could make a mint by offering rides to paying customers. At $25-$35k for a 45-60 minute flight they'd have quite a bit of interest, I suppose, as there enough moderately rich guys around of just the right age.
By now , most of their F-14As are pushing 45 years of age without significant overhaul. Provided they don’t get into a serious war and and keep their combat air patrols VERY conservative, they can get a long service life out of those jets.

But start flying the whee out of them, and stuffs gonna start falling off. The USN retired their Tomcats after spending almost $50k an hour in operational costs.
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I was 16 y.o. and I was with my brother, the name of the cinema was "Supercinema" in Piazza del Viminale right in front of the Ministry of Interior.

Eurcine, Roma - EUR con l'amico di scuola sudafricano
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Eurcine, Roma - EUR con l'amico di scuola sudafricano

As I'm "monticiano" e.g. I live(d) in the rione MONTI, I only have to walk for less than a kilometer to get there, tempus (actually) fugit...
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Super, what stand is that? Herpa? JC Wings? I’m not really digging the CalWings stands they suggest.

Awesome pictures, and I’m copying that pose!

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technically Witty/Herpa/JC Wings all use the same F-14 stand. I would say in the long run of things I would suggest something a bit more solid especially if it's upside down. It's good for these pics...but I can't vouch of it long term through unless you mod a bit of the stand like reinforce that screw and add more friction to the grip
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