This one just landed in my collection from the FlyingMule:
Grumman F-14A Tomcat
USN VF-41 Black Aces
AJ100, USS Nimitz, 1978
10 Year Anniversary
(Item: CW-001620). 1500 Pieces Worldwide
A followup to the 10 year anniversary: CW decided to release the Black Aces in "landing configuration". Just like the Jolly Roger release, it does look like they improved on the quality: gaps are very minimal, magnetic landing gear and optional arrest hook/nozzles is a nice addition. Here are some pictures:
I will get one asap! Great review by the way. IMO this CW F-14 is much better executed than the JR version with the crooked skull/bones logo.
Is this the same crooked skull/bones logo on the JR Tomcats that go for crazy prices on ebay
It seems that all these JR F-14's, whether it's from CW or HM have some crooked skull/bones logo on them. Maybe 'angled' is a better word to use here. But again the only JR Diecast fighter I really need in my small collection so far is the HM F/A-18 JR and no more. Unless it's October and Halloween, I rarely need something or some Diecast model with some scary 'skull and bones' logo on it!
Really is a fantastic CW model, of one of the most famous Tomcat squadrons of all.
And CW really do have seemed to stepped up to the plate, and given us a great, modern model.
No surprise, as the last high vis Black Aces is about 10 years old, now.
Even though it is basically a re issue, happy with mine.
One note. When I originally received my CW Black Aces 10th anniversary, the CW box had received some damage, which is unfortunate, and thankfully rare. Contacted my supplier, and he promised me a replacement box. Took a couple of months, but a proper replacement box arrived, at the sellers expense. Had almost given up, and forgot about it, but the seller followed through, and, at his own expense, shipped me a mint replacement 10th anniversary box.
So went from somewhat pissed off, to thanking the seller, and humanity.
Above, and beyond, and still astounded they were able to track down a CW F-14 box, and then send it to me, absolutely free of charge.
Must have cost them $30 US on postage alone.
Not the first time CW has come through for me, even though this one was clearly the seller going above and beyond.
beautiful photo shoot, SKF.....i hope that CW makes once again a Tomcat with a take-off configuration which i prefer personally... it would fit nicely on a flight deck to be made by TSM with flightdeck personnel and tractors