48 Special Models has posted new, up close images of the upcoming 1/18 F-14A Tomcat VF-84 Jolly Rogers by JSI. These new images show even more details than previous shots, giving us a closer look at the randome and AWG-9 radar, and more!
The names behind the canopy are an homage to two individuals who are famous within the Jolly Rogers community. The pilot is listed as Commander Marty Chanik. His call sign was “Streak”, and this former F-14 pilot reached the rank of Vice Admiral before retirement, and was a former commander of the Jolly Rogers. Ensign Jack Ernie was a Jolly Rogers pilot killed in action during World War II. Every time a new commander is inducted, a “passing of the bones” ceremony is conducted, in which the outgoing commander passes the skull and crossbones of Jack Ernie(in a glass case), to the incoming commander. It’s a tradition unique to the Jolly Rogers and continues to this day with their newest incarnation, VFA-103.
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