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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard Photoetched Metal Detail Sets for the
Tamiya F-14D Kit-- 1:48 Scale

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Tamiya’s 1:48 scale F-14D was released in mid-2018 and has become an instant classic (see our review HERE).  In standard fashion, the folks at Eduard have developed a series of photoetched metal and masking sets for this kit.  Lets take a look at what they’ve come up with.  

Eduard FE 933 F-14D Interior ZOOM:  The kit cockpit is not all that bad, but certainly, PE parts can really up your game regarding F-14D’s interior.  This Zoom set features one pre-painted color fret containing 52 parts.  You get a complete cockpit instrument panel and side console replacement for the pilot and RIO stations.  There’s a high level of detail here, from the precision-painted instrument dial faces with the raised clear surfaces atop the instrument dial faces to various warning indicator panels, the arrays of switches, knobs, and other details such as the RIO’s side and aft-facing circuit breaker panels which can be very hard to paint.  There are also various handles such as the gear selector level, tailhook lever, and canopy jettison handles.  To get everything to fit, of course, some prep work with the kit parts will be necessary (e.g., sanding all the instrument panels and side consoles flat).  One particularly nice touch here is that you get parts for both the original TID screen for the RIO (same configuration as the F-14A/B) and the later PTID display installed when the F-14D became LANTIRN-capable in the mid/late 1990s.  Thus, you have details for correct rear cockpit for either any early or late F-14D.

Eduard FE 934 F-14D Seatbelts STEEL:  The Martin-Baker Mk. 14 NACES ejection seats in the kit are pretty nice but they lack realistic seatbelt details.  Here, this set provides for the shoulder harnesses and lap belts for the ejection seat.  These parts look really great and capture the detail of the real thing quite nicely.  The pre-painted details are nice, right down to the subtle and ultra-fine stitching details on the belts, some shading effects, and the very nice pre-painted ejection handles.   

Eduard FE 49933 F-14D:  This set features the same 52 pre-painted detail parts as the ZOOM set described above, but incudes another fret with 28 unpainted parts.  These additional parts in this expanded cockpit detail set feature the cockpit sills, canopy locking hooks, windscreen and canopy frames, rear cockpit decking, rudder pedals, and various other small details.  Overall, these parts look excellent but a word of note – the pilot’s center rearview mirror was deleted in the F-14D to accommodate the addition of the heads-up display.  Eduard includes the mirror in error here, and it’s elementary to remove it from Part #51.     

Eduard FE 48969 F-14D Engines STEEL:  This set seems like it was intended to provide really nice flame holders for the engine’s afterburner section, but with all the extra room on the fret, other related (and unrelated parts) were added!  So yes – the flame holders look great, but you get a bunch of other airframe vents such as the horizontal stabilizer actuator cooling vent, the air conditioning system intake fans (which are REALLY nicely done!), the air conditioning system vents inside the cockpit, and a few other features including both exterior nose gear well door surfaces.    

Eduard FE 48970 F-14D Exterior:  This big single fret contains 97 parts by my count.  Among other features, you get catapult launch bar details, nose gear and nose gear well plumbing and wiring, nose gear well interior and exterior door details, a new boarding ladder and boarding ladder step details, the horizontal stabilizer actuator cooling vents, the air conditioning system intake fans, main gear well door details, and main gear well wiring and plumbing.  Other nice touches are the chaff and flare dispensers, arresting hook actuator, and main gear parts such as the tie downs and hydraulic lines that go to the brakes.  Detail parts are also provided for the Phoenix missile pallets, Sidewinder rail details, and the exhaust caps for the Sidewinder and Sparrow missiles.

Eduard EX 624 F-14 Masks:  This self-adhesive pre-cut masking set is for covering up the windscreen, canopy, nose gear wheel hubs, and main gear wheel hubs.  As always, I am a huge fan of Eduard’s masks since they are so precisely made to provide the builder with very successful and exact masking work along with saving a ton of time.  

Eduard EX 625 F-14 T-Face Masks:  The T-Face (or Two-Face) masking set comes with the same masks as EX 624 but has an added set to mask off the interior windscreen and canopy frame surfaces for those builders who aim to paint these details as well.  

Every single one of these sets is a winner and will bring a lot of rich detail to your Tamiya F-14D.  If used together, you have a winning range of accurate and important details for your Tamiya Tomcat.  When I build this kit, these details sets are ALL going into the project.

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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