The F-14 Tomcat followed a history of Cats in the military, including the F4F Wildcat and the F6F Hellcat that fought in the skies years before the Tomcat ever bit the air. In the late 1960's, the US Navy dropped its TFX program and decided to focus on an aircraft dedicated to fleet defense. Grumman had already begun developing the F-14, and it was definitely headed for a "Cat" designation. The person responsible for this project was Admiral Tom Conolly, Deputy Chief, Naval Operations for Air. The aircraft was dubbed "Tom's Cat" long before the official name of "Tomcat" was ever adopted.
Please see the paint guide below for Trumpeter’s suggested colors.
- Requires paint and glue for assembly
- Illustrated instructions and paint profile
- 5 sprues
- Clear part for canopy and windscreen
- Finely engraved panel lines on fuselage and wing
- Includes external loads
- 2 decal sheets
A. US Navy, USS Theodore Roosevelt, VF-31 ‘Tomcatters’, F-14D, 100, AJ (BuNo. 164342)
B. US Navy, USS Theodore Roosevelt, VF-31 ‘Tomcatters’, F-14D, 102, AJ
Grey FS 36320
Grey FS 36375