Rubber pitot tube? That's new for me! Not so great to hear about the loose-fitting parts and the presence of rubber. Ideally I would like to see plastic only in the canopy, and rubber only in the tyres. If I wanted plastic instead of metal diecast I would get the plastic kits which end up as much more detailed models (compared to diecast) anyway.
Shame really about all the issues with CalWings, I was hoping we'd get a good competitor to CW and HM. I still hope they can turn things around eventually, at which point I will definitely get their F-14s.
I got a VF-1 in the mail today and so can throw in my 2 cents.
On mine, there is a modest but clear issue with canopy fit, where the glass floats a bit above the top of the fuselage. It's nothing we haven't seen before, but it is an area that calls for improvement.
On my copy wing glove gaps and general quality are good, or rather industry standard, tampos and paint and such are positives, panel lines are nice. The little antennae are indeed bendy, but this is so on other models too, not unusual at all. (Off the top of my head, don't CW Tomcats have bendy parts too?)
"Accessory drop" and pylon drop are issues for me too; I can't get the pylons to fit at all, although I'm sure they could be Elmer's'd, which is easy and reversible and (I understand) non-damaging, although it's certainly a pain and something we should not have to do. In my case it's only the rearmost Sparrow recess that doesn't hold them, but any number greater than zero is too many.
In my opinion it's still a really beautiful and nice model, but I can't argue with anyone's frustrations with these beginner's mistakes.
As with "books", the canopy floats, but I can live with that.
Gaps are acceptable, and mostly nice and tight. The rear (top) assembly, with the beaver tail is the only offender really.
The wing-root pylon is too loose a fit, anybody know of a fix? Fuselage pallets are a perfect fit, best I've experienced.
Having seen the damage the stand did to someone's F-4 elsewhere on this forum, I'm electing not to use it.
There are a few quality issues, a little glue appears to have run here and there, mostly this appears on the underside. The worry for me, is one of the rear stabilator's is a little loose (and droop's a little). Whilst I'm not concerned about the droop (no jokes please), I'm worried about the thing falling off. I had that happen with one of my HM F-14's...
Altogether, a really well packaged and fantastic item. Top marks to Calibre Wings :-)
Would I buy a future F-14 from them? Yup, but it would have to be something special.
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Thought I would add my two-penneth here as I have now acquired ‘PJA’s example. First off, not sure what it is but I have to agree it certainly is the nicest looking overall F-14 model I have had. Not sure what makes it look so good though! Happy to add this to my small but growing Jolly Rogers display.
Obviously, the points picked up by PJA stand. The wing pylons are very poor, so I employed a small drop of glue. Doesn’t bother me too much as buy for the model and display more than future sales or value. The swing feature is also fairly loose as well, and not a big issue, but just doesn’t feel top notch. Haven’t felt the droop was noticeable yet, but I am generally fairly forgiving of most models.
The display stand is certainly different, although not sure I would trust the model on it permanently. Will be nice to use with other models for photos though!
Would I buy another? Not sure, they are expensive for sure, and in the UK, noticeably more than the Hobby Master ones, which I have to say give real value for money to me. I know both have some quirks related to the variant modelled. I think it would boil down to what the livery is as to whether I get another one. The Jolly Rogers Final Flight F14 was one I wanted. If Hobby Master made it, I would have gone with it and been equally as happy.
Think they need to tighten up on quality control on the next few releases.