F-14A "Tomcat Alley"
S u m m a r y
Number and Description:
48-076 Tomcat Alley;
F-14D Red Rippers and Vampires
|Contents and Media:
||One decal sheet; instruction
sheet, colour cardboard header
||Impressive tail markings;
sharply printed; perfect register; minimum of decal film; nice
replication of slime lights.
||likely error on instructions
for camouflage colours; incorrect blue for the
||Recommended for the Red
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Custom Aeronautical Miniatures
(CAM) decal set #48-076 provides complete markings for two Grumman
F-14 Tomcats. This time they are both –D models.
First up is Bureau number
163904. The markings provided depict her when she was the CAG bird of
VF-11 “Red Rippers” when they were aboard the USS Carl Vinson in
The instruction sheet lists
the camouflage as “UPPER SURFACES: Dark Ghost Grey (FS 36375) LOWER
SURFACES: Light Ghost Grey (FS 36)”. The instructions go on to say
that the tail and ventral fins are semi-gloss black. I’d reckon that
the guys at CAM have “cut and pasted” the wrong info onto this sheet.
More than likely the camouflage is Dark Ghost Grey (FS 36320) upper
surfaces with Light Ghost Grey (FS 36375) lower surfaces and vertical
a CAG bird, the “Red Rippers” boar’s head and shield are in full
colour over a CAG rainbow coloured lightning bolt. The squadron
markings are in black and include:
- NK airwing identifiers for
- 100 modex numbers for the
nose and wings.
- VF-11 titles for the
- Crew names for the canopy
rails and sides of the fuselage.
- Plane captain’s name for
the nose wheel undercarriage door.
- Ship’s names for the
leading edges of the wings.
Unusually, the Navy titles,
bureau number and turbine warning stripes are also in black.
There is also a reasonably
complete set of grey stencil data as well as a pair of walkway decals
and stars and bars supplied for this aircraft. Also included is a set
of slime lights. These latter items have their edges outlined with a
thin black line of varying thickness. If you look closely at
one-to-one scale slime lights, or to give them their correct title
–strip formation lights- you will see that their surfaces are
rippled. They look as if they have been melted. The way that CAM has
supplied them in decal form replicates them pretty convincingly in
Next is Bureau number 164604
belonging to VX-9. If ever there was an aircraft that has been
catered for well by decal makers then this is it!
For modellers of US Navy
aircraft who want a break from all that masking that comes with gull
grey and white finishes or an escape from the lo-viz greys, this is
the sheet for you. A nice simple paint job – overall semi-gloss black
with flat black anti-glare and canopy frame with the odd bit of bare
metal to break it all up.
Markings are minimal and
basically all white with white stars on red bordered blue bands for
the vertical stabilizers. Full colour stars and bars and appropriate
stencil data/warning placards round out this sheet. Unfortunately,
the blue used for the bands and stars and bars are far too light on my
sample. An examination of photographs of the one-to-one scale 164604
reveals that the blue used for the bands is the same as that of the
blue used for the stars and bars – Insignia Blue.
A single sided A-4 sheet with
side and partial top views of both aircraft guides you with decal
placement as well as notes on painting.
The sheet is packed in a clear
plastic Ziploc bag with a stiff cardboard header to protect the decal
sheet from creasing. The back of the header has comprehensive notes
on decaling. Read it, you just might pick up a few tips!
The decals have been printed
by Microscale – enough said, you know that they will work.
This is a good sheet from the
guys at CAM. Unfortunately, it is marred by the goof on the
instruction sheet and the use of the incorrect blue for the VX-9
aircraft. You can live with the instruction sheet mistake but the use
of the wrong blue effectively takes this option out of the game.
Hopefully, this will be, or
already has been corrected on subsequent prints of this sheet.
Recommended for the Red
Brookhurst Hobbies for the review sample.
CAM Decals are available online
from their website at http://www.camdecals.com
CAM Decals 59 page 2002 color
catalog of decals and resin parts is also
now available through the CAM Decals website
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14 August, 2003
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