Kawai Toys is releasing the very first 1/18 scale F-14A Tomcat toy! Set for release this month, this release is limited to 1,000 pieces, with a tentative color scheme of the VF-154 Black Knights CAG(Carrier Air Group Commander) aircraft, modex number NF100, however there is still no confirmation on the definite color scheme. Equipped with sweeping wings, missles, arrestor hook & more, this iconic aircraft has been in demand by 1/18 scale military toy collectors for the past couple of years.
The F-14 Tomcat was made famous in such movies as The Final Countdown & Top Gun. Retired in 2006, the Tomcat entered service with the US Navy in 1972. While used as an air superiority fighter for years, in the late 90’s, the Tomcat witnessed rebirth as a precision strike fighter; the Bombcat.
The Black Knights squadron flew the F-14A model and were stationed at NAF Atsugi, Japan. As one of the last operators of the F-14A, the squadron was also a Bombcat squadron. Since that squadron is one of the most famous in Japan, it is fitting that the first release might be painted in their markings.