The General Electric F110-GE-400 was the definitive engine for the F-14 Tomcat. It powered both the F-14B and F-14D. The F110 offered greater power, range, fuel efficiency, and reliability than the Pratt and Whitney TF30 engines fitted to the much larger fleet of F-14As. Tamiya’s 1:48 scale F-14D is a superlative Tomcat kit (and you can read our review HERE). However, there are a few areas in which detail can be improved. Tamiya’s exhaust nozzles for the mighty F110s are good for injection molding, but they are under-detailed, particularly concerning the interior nozzle surfaces, the afterburner cans, and the flame holder assemblies.
This Brassin set from Eduard (# 648560; MSRP: $34.95) contains six cast resin parts, six photoetched metal parts on one fret, and one pre-cut self-adhesive masking set. It is a complete replacement for the Tamiya 1:48 scale F-14D’s engine nozzles, exhaust assemblies, and aft engine turbine faces.
Here, the engine nozzles are depicted in the open position, appearing as they would be positioned when the jet would be in a powered down state, when it was taxiing, at idle, or in afterburner. The detail is excellent, and it captures well what is absent in the Tamiya kit parts – specifically, the corrugated interior surfaces of the engine nozzles, the complex textures of the inner lining of the afterburner cans, the multi-layer fuel injector rings and flame holders, and the aft turbine faces. It is all very impressive, and the casting is immaculate. No modification of the kit is needed here.
One further – and very distinctive – highpoint of this Eduard offering is the inclusion of an extensive pre-cut masking set for the exterior engine nozzles. One of the harder parts of depicting an open F110 engine nozzle correctly involves the darker coloration where the engine nozzle pedals overlap when the nozzles close. These can be represented by decals but painting them is probably (or always!) the most realistic option. These masks actually provide two optional masks. Depending on the order in which the builder prefers to lay down their colors, one set represents a positive mask and the other is a negative mask.
Overall, this F110 engine set looks great. It goes beyond the detail in the excellent 1:48 scale Tamiya F-14D kit. It is a very accurate and high-fidelity representation of the business end of the F-14D. Still, it can be said that even this set is a little simplified, as the surface of an F110 nozzle does have some very subtle rivet features which are absent here. Nevertheless, this Eduard Brassin set gets pretty close, and just about all scale modelers will find them to be highly satisfactory and a real pleasure to work with. I’ll be using it in my upcoming Tamiya F-14D build.
We extend our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample. You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/
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