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Old 05-18-2021, 10:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hobby Master vs. Century Wings F-14's

I'm looking to pick up an F-14 of VF-111. I know Hobby Master has a current release of this aircraft out right now for sale, HA5228. I also know that Century Wings had one out at one time as well, 587915, though they are no longer available. My question is, and it might be difficult to answer, what are the main differences between the Hobby Master F-14 and the Century Wings F-14 in those markings? I have looked at them closely in pictures, and they look very similar. I know they are supposed to be about 2 years apart, so there might be some marking differences, but would there be any differences otherwise that I should wait until I find a Century Wings F-14 (albeit at a steeper price), or just pick up the Hobby Master now?
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Old 05-19-2021, 09:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A beautiful model indeed! Those were among the first of Century Wing's releases over 10 years ago. Can you believe, they cost under $100 back then?!

In terms of feedback, there are alot of very well explained threads where collectors have expressed their views on the manufacturers F-14's. Perform a search on Century Wings F-14s. I would especially recommend Calibre Wings as another option.

My 2 cents: Not a single one of the manufacturer's F-14's are perfect, but all three are beautifully made. It is up to you to decide which one you will gravitate toward.
The areas that get alot of scrutiny are the canopy areas, the Phoenix Missile stations and the pesky gap formed along the leading edges from the intake to the wings that are challenging for all manufacturers. Look at pictures from the Flying Mule to guide you to your final decision.

Your best options at this point would be the Calibre Wings Miss Molly version or the Hobby Master in both the regular NL200, or Miss Molly version. I don't know of any discrepancies in the markings, but the notable difference is the nose art.
Whichever one you choose, you will wind up with a fantastic looking F-14 in your collection.

https://www.flyingmule.com/products/HM-HA5228
https://www.flyingmule.com/products/CL-CA721414
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I just can’t justify to myself paying $200, so CW is out in my book.
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Old 05-21-2021, 01:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies! $200 is the low end of the price point for Century Wings. They are priced a tad bit more than that on Ebay.

I guess I got started collecting a bit late. I used to build plastic models when I was younger, and my plan was to get back into it. But with my 4 year old grandson, a new grandson on the way, and the lack of time (where does it all go?) to devote to building models, diecast seemed a nice alternative. And diecast certainly didn't look like this when I was young. I already picked up the VF-111 F-4 from Hobby Master, and it is a nice reproduction. Very detailed.

My plan is to collect the F-4's, F-14's and hopefully sometime soon the F-8's (if they ever make them) from both VF-111 and VF-84. I have a pre-order in for the upcoming Calibre Wings VF-84 F-14.

Like the Century Wings' VF-111 F-14, the F-4's from VF-84 are only available on Ebay, and the seem to command a pretty high price tag as well. Hopefully one of the manufacturers will come out with a new one in the near future.
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Thanks for the replies! $200 is the low end of the price point for Century Wings. They are priced a tad bit more than that on Ebay.
If the low end prices for CW were $400 would you pay it? Do you smell what I’m steppin’ in?
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If the low end prices for CW were $400 would you pay it? Do you smell what I’m steppin’ in?
Not the one you asked, but noooooooo lol. Honestly from the few CW I have, they're no higher quality than Hobbymaster, with Calibre Wings being what Century Wings aspires to be these days, quality-wise.

The main thing Century has going for them are molds/models that others aren't making to their level of quality - the SR-71, the odd A-7, the older F-8 that I still need to get my hands on.

Biggest issue for me with Century is that it feels like every single one of their models has excessively glossy paint, except the Blackbirds. Might be nice for some folks, but it just feels... weird on the F-14s and the Corsairs.
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Old 05-24-2021, 12:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I went ahead and ordered the Hobby Master F-14. There are some aircraft I could justify spending a bit more money on, ones that may not necessarily be released again. I collect 1/48 scale prop aircraft, primarily Pacific Theater WW2. Seems that with the demise of the Franklin Mint models, Hobby Master is the only one still doing 1/48 scale, and even that seems to be sporadic. I did get a 1/48 F2A3 Brewster Buffalo in Midway markings that I probably paid a bit too much for, but you don't see those everyday.

I guess it all depends on the model.
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