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F-14A Tomcat
Exhaust Nozzle


Aires, 1/72 scale


S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description Aires Hobby Models 7125 - F-14A Tomcat Exhaust Nozzle
Price: USD$13.46 from Squadron
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: See text below
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Excellent detail and casting; well packaged; scale length afterburner
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Mick Evans

Aires 1/72 scale F-14 Exhaust Nozzle is available online from Squadron.com



Beautifully moulded in a dark grey resin, Aires has captured all of the fine detail of the F-14A Tomcat’s intricate Exhaust nozzles.

The detail from the turbine through to the flaps of the exhaust nozzle aperture has been faithfully reproduced. The exhaust flaps are so thin they are almost transparent and will need to be handled carefully during removal from the moulding block. One Closed and one fully open nozzle are supplied as this is how the nozzles appear after the engines have been shut down. The cooling liner area within the afterburner has the fine detail showing the different liner sections, and the length of the afterburner looks to be to scale. Two nicely etched metal flame holders are included to be inserted just after the turbine and will add to the exceptional detail already provided.

Interestingly the kit requires the use of the shrouds supplied with the kit, so I don’t think that this set would be able to be used on any other manufacturer’s F-14 Tomcat.

Assembly is straight forward, but moderate modelling skills will be required to use this detail set as there is some thinning of the plastic required for these exhausts to drop in. I thought that the detail on the kit nozzles was good until I compared the two

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Aires for the review sample

Text and Images Copyright © 2005 by Mick Evans
Page Created 28 September, 2005
Last updated 27 September, 2005

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