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Unimax Forces of Valor 85437
Grumman F-14A Tomcat Diecast Model
USN VF-111 Sundowners, NL200 "Miss Molly", CAG, USS Carl Vinson, 1989

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Grumman F-14A Tomcat   10.25"   10.75"

When the USS Carl Vinson was launched on March 12, 1982, the honor of christening the ship was given to its sponsor, Molly Snead, the Navy nurse who had cared for Carl Vinson and his wife. Molly was honored further when a C-1 Trader transport aircraft was named for her and later this stunning VF-111 F-14 Tomcat was painted with WWII style nose-art of a Navy Nurse and also bore her name. The unique combination of bold artwork and bright squadron markings made "Miss Molly" one of the most colorful F-14s ever flown.

The Sundowners were originally commissioned as VF-11 at NAS North Island on October 10, 1942. The name Sundowners refers to the squadron's job of shooting down Japanese "Suns", but it also refers to an old nautical term. A Sundowner was also a ship's captain who directed his crew towards hard work until the day was ended. The term originated in the days of sailing ships when grog was customarily served on ships. A strict captain might withhold the ration until dark, but others allowed the grog to be served when the sun dipped below the yardarm.

Grumman F-14A Tomcat

Designed to carry the formidable long range AIM-54 Phoenix missile, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was first flown on December 21st, 1970. Made famous by the Hollywood film Top Gun, the F-14 replaced the F-4 Phantom II as the US Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter. Its design includes a variable geometry wing that can sweep back for high speed supersonic intercepts and forward for improved positioning in air to air dogfights. Nicknamed "Bombcat," the F-14 spent much of its late career in an air-to-ground role, carrying the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) system.

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Forces of Valor's 1:72 scale F-14 Tomcat is loaded with many of the same features seen on higher priced models. Special attention has been paid to the canopy, which is hinged and can either be openedórevealing an extensively detailed cockpit with crew figuresóor closed and securely locked, leaving almost no visible gap. The complex F-14 landing gear is included as robust sub-assemblies that can be quickly and easily configured for in-flight or ground display. Other fine features include a detailed selection of weapons, articulating swing wings that can be configured in varying sweep positions and independently movable stabilators.

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Unimax Forces of Valor

The Unimax "Forces of Valor" range presents affordable, ready-made diecast models of military aicraft.

Unimax "Forces of Valor" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Fixed display stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Detailed pilots and crew members.
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.

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