Flite Test Master Series F-14 Tomcat
Grumman Replica RC Airplane Build Kit
The FT Master Series F-14 Tomcast is a fast, floaty RC plane with a distinct wing mechanism. Perfect your flight with its wings out for gentle turns, or wings back for agile maneuvers.
Flite Test Master Series F-14 Tomcat
The Flite Test Master Series F-14 Tomcat has a unmatched presence with Its signature outline blazing by. Overall performance is quick, floaty, and precise. Wings out, the Flite Test F-14 offers self correcting tendencies and slow graceful turns. Wings back, it performs snappy barrel rolls and performs like a giant, fast, foamboard dart. Going vertical can be achieved if given some throttle before ascent. The Flite Test F-14 becomes a gentle giant floating around at about 40% - 50% throttle. Don't forget to add one of our livery decals sets made specifically for your F-14 to add that extra bit of realism after painting.
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American carrier-capable supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, twin-tail, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy's Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program after the collapse of the General Dynamics-Grumman F-111B project. The F-14 was the first of the American Teen Series fighters, which were designed incorporating air combat experience against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War. The F-14 first flew on December 21, 1970 and was deployed on September 22, 1974. AIl would be retired the very same day in 2006. During Its 32 years of service, the F-14 would serve as the U.S. Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor, and tactical aerial reconnaissance platform. The Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod system was added in the 1990s and the Tomcat began performing precision ground-attack missions.
In the 1980s, F-14s were used as land-based interceptors by the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force during the Iran'Iraq War. Iran claimed their F-14s shot down at least 160 Iraqi aircraft during the war with only 16 Tomcats being lost. The Tomcat was supplanted by the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Several retired F-14s have been put on display across the US. The F-14 remains in service with Iran's air force.
Needed To Complete
- 1 x Flite Test Master Series F-14 Tomcat Airframe.
I love the F-14, it is easily my favorite plane. So when I heard Flite Test was releasing one as a Master Series, I immediately gave them my money and purchased the kit. I've built this kit twice now and it doesn't get easier the second time. Watch the videos and take your time, be patient and invest in a lot of Frog tape and a really good hot glue gun. The first build was with the recommended 2x 70mm EDF power system...and as advertised it is a gentle giant. I did make a few modifications, but the one I'll discuss here is the landing gear. I did not want to hand launch this so I modified it to use retracts. This did add weight but I thought the benefits outweighed the weight gain (pun intended). Not being satisfied with its performance I decided to build another one with a more powerful power system, 2x 80mm EDFs with 2x 100Amp ESC using 2x 6S 5000mAh batteries. Landing gear with this much weight is mandatory, as well as reinforcing the battery tray. Having experience with the first build, I was confident that this airframe could handle the additional weight, and it handled it brilliantly. The additional power makes this F-14 come alive! So much power to spare and and the speed is addicting. If you enjoy a gentle giant, then by all means build it with recommended setup, you will love it. But if you don't mind investing a little more money for bigger EDFs and beefier ESCs and have the skills to modify the airframe for the landing gear and battery tray then definately go for it! Building a master series jet tells me you already have the skills for it. I posted my build on the Flite Test forums in the EDF forum.