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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard BF-14D Cockpit for the Tamiya Kit
1:48 Scale

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The F-14D Tomcat was the ultimate variant of the legendary Grumman Cold War interceptor and strike-fighter.  It featured a significant range of updated avionics and sensors, a new AN/APG-71 radar, a combined glass HUD, Multi-Function Displays (MFDs), new NACES ejection seats, and the F110 powerplants, among other improvements.  Despite the Navy’s plans for an all F-14D fleet by the late 1990s, only 37 new-build F-14Ds were procured by the time the Tomcat production line was closed in 1992.  The first F-14D that your reviewer ever sat in was D-5, or the fifth production F-14D in August of 1990 at Grumman’s Calverton Operations Plant 7 where they were flight tested by the contractor before delivery to the Navy.  What a memory.  I was 12 years old…

Tamiya’s 1:48 scale F-14D made some major waves when it was released in 2018.  We reviewed it HERE and as you can tell, we really liked it!  It was also voted as the 2018 Detail & Scale Reader’s Choice Kit of the Year. 
 
The kit cockpit is good for injection molding, but many scale modelers might wish to add even more detail.  That’s where this Eduard Brassin detail set comes in.  It is a complete substitution for the Tamiya kit cockpit and is designed to be a nearly drop-in replacement that only requires a little bit of sanding of kit parts to get it to fit properly.  It contains 35 cast resin parts, 20 photoetched parts on a pre-painted fret, 17 additional photoetched parts on an unpainted fret, one sheet of clear acetate for the HUD glass, and one decal sheet.

This set is another detail-rich and frankly eye-popping Brassin cockpit set by Eduard.  It is also exceedingly accurate.  The pilot and RIO’s cockpit instrument panels, tubs, sidewalls, throttle quadrant, stick, the pilot’s rudder pedals, the RIO’s radar hand controller, LANTRIN hand controller, ICS foot switches, circuit breaker panels, and bulkheads are just gorgeous, replete with dazzling detail.  It is pretty much perfect, down to the bolts on the cockpit floor.  If you look close enough at the rudder pedals, you can make out the Grumman imprimatur just where it should be.  Also, Eduard just about nails all the F-14D-specific details, from the MDFs in the front seat to the PTID display in the back seat (though see below), the D-style instrument panel coamings, and more.  A clear resin part is used to represent the HUD projector.  Decals provide instrument face detail. 

The ejection seats just might be the best cast resin Martin-Baker Mk. 14 NACES seats I’ve seen.  Again, they are very accurate.  The seat cushion is a separate part, as are the G-suit/breathing oxygen hook-ups.  The prepainted shoulder harnesses, lap belts, leg restraints, and ejection handles look amazing.  Ejection seat warning placards are provided as small decals.  Three different sized canopy breakers for the pilot and RIO’s seats are provided as separate cast resin parts. 

Four observations, however, do come to mind.  First, the large PTID (Programmable Tactical Information Display) screen appeared in the back seat of the F-14 when the LANTIRN pod came into use during the late 1990s.  It replaced the traditional round TID (Tactical Information Display) that all F-14As, -A(Plus)/Bs, and -Ds were delivered with.  If you are building an early-life F-14D, this screen (and the LANTIRN hand controller) won’t be right, and it’s too bad an optional TID part was not included.  If you want to do the early-style TID, use the kit part or the Eduard photoetched metal cockpit detail set (available separately).  Second, there are subtle differences in the layout of the RIO’s side panel circuit breakers in the -D, and these parts appear to represent that of the F-14A/B configuration.  Few people would notice.  Third, the instructions also call out for the basic cockpit color to be “Light Gull Gray” but that color should be Dark Gull Gray (FS 36231) or a near-shade equivalent.   Fourth, the metal on one of the ejection handle parts was a little frayed, but that can be cleaned up or compensated for easily.

Overall, this detail set will provide a truly super-detailed cockpit for 1:48 scale Tamiya F-14D.  You cannot go wrong.  We extend our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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