This 1/40 scale model F-14 Tomcat is the only military jet in Joe’s collection. Most people will recognize it as one of the stars of the movie Top Gun. The big fighter was capable of carrier operations. The model, like the real plane, has wings that can be swept back or extended for slower speeds in flight. This particular model features a skull and crossbones logo on blue tail.

This aircraft model was made by former Air Force pilot Ralph Sarosi. Ralph flew a large number of different aircraft over his career, from a P-51 after WWII to fighter jets. He flew chase planes when the Space Shuttle landed at Edwards AFB, so his career spanned from propellers to spacecraft. Mr. Sarosi’s aircraft models are carved from wood and expertly painted. They were purchased and collected by R/C flyer Joe Bridi, who eventually donated them to the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum where they are now on display.

Exhibit added: August 20, 2013 - Last modified: April 28, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship