F-14A Tomcat Instrument Panels

Published: April 20th, 2017     
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Product picture
Reviewed by: 
James Corley, IPMS# 35138
Scale: 1:48
Company: Eduard
Price: $22.95
Product / Stock #: FE805

Having awaited the Tamiya Tomcat since they were at the museum - measuring the real things (and having to keep quiet about it until they announced it) I was very satisified with the excellent kit they produced. FANTASTIC!! I was even luckier when I found that the Eduard instrument set was available for review.

This set is designed for the Tamiya Tomcat and it fits the kit parts wonderfully. The instructions call for minimal scraping of the raised details Tamiya provides. The only part I had to actually remove was the RIO radar sunshield, but I used a brand new #11 blade and was able to use it instead of the etch piece Eduard provided.

The only part that didn't look quite right, when compared to photos, was #8. The triple fold worked fine, but the part seemed to be larger than the kit part (H34) it went on, and the edges overhang some.

All told, I spent about 3 hours using this set to greatly enhance the look of the kit cockpit. (I have attached a photo of the kit panels to compare).

Tip: For some reason Eduard has chosen to not supply these as self-adhesive units anymore. If you feel you were spoiled by this (as I do), one can use 3M Super 77 to apply a layer of self adhesive to the back. I did so for this review, and it works better than CA glues, in my opinion.

I would like to sincerely thank Eduard for this set to review.

  • Eduard Photoetch fret
    Eduard Photoetch fret
  • Instructions page 1
    Instructions page 1
  • Instructions page 2
    Instructions page 2
  • Control panels mounted on kit parts
    Control panels mounted on kit parts
  • Instrument panel with photoetch applied
    Instrument panel with photoetch applied
  • Kit-supplied side panels
    Kit-supplied side panels
  • Photoetch side panels applied
    Photoetch side panels applied
  • Additional view of side panels
    Additional view of side panels
  • Completed cockpit tub
    Completed cockpit tub
  • Cockpit looking forward toward the pilot's instrument panel
    Cockpit looking forward toward the pilot's instrument panel
  • Inside detail
    Inside detail
  • Closeup of the pilot's instruments
    Closeup of the pilot's instruments
  • Closeup of the RIO's instruments
    Closeup of the RIO's instruments
  • Side view of pilot's controls
    Side view of pilot's controls
  • Left side view of RIO's controls
    Left side view of RIO's controls
  • Right side view of RIO's controls
    Right side view of RIO's controls