F-14A "Tomcat Alley"
VF-111 Sundowners 1985
S u m m a r y
Number and Description:
48-121 Tomcat Alley;
F-14A VF-111 Sundowners 1985
|Contents and Media:
||One decal sheets;
instruction sheet with a colour cardboard header
sharply printed; perfect register; minimum of decal film.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Arguably, some of the most
colourful markings ever painted on U.S. Navy aircraft were those of
VF-111, the Sundowners. Their well known red and white "sunset" and
shark mouth markings have been carried on a variety of aircraft over
the years including the F-8 Crusader, F-4 Phantom and the F-14
CAM Decals 48-121 provides
markings for a single aircraft, F-14A Bureau Number 160660, the
Sundowners' CAG bird in 1985 when the squadron was flying from the
USS Carl Vinson.
The markings depict the
machine when it was painted overall FS16440 glossy light gull during
the transition period from the gull grey and white scheme to the
modern day Tactical Paint Scheme (TPS). Interestingly, and as an
aside, E-2 Hawkeyes are still painted in this fashion.
supplied markings comprise:
sharkmouth for the nose. The eyes are separate decals whilst
the sharkmouth is a one-piece decal so it will require a little
care in applying.
200 modex in
black for the sides of the nose and the tops and bottoms of the
flaps – the application of modex to the bottom of the flaps is
unusual. A further pair of red abbreviated 00s are included as
part of the one-piece squadron tail marking.
Red and yellow
"superman" logos. Apparently, these were applied as the CAG
Captain Ron Zlatoper was nicknamed "Super CAG" because of his
Vinson titles in black for the leading edges of the wings
and Bureau Number block in black for the rear of the fuselage.
tail marking. This is a one piece decal that incorporates the
NL airwing identifier and abbreviated 00 modex. The "sunrays"
have coloured edges for each of the squadrons within the air
Crew names in
black for the canopy rails.
Captain's name for the nose gear door.
in white for the ventral strakes – you will have to paint the
strake (and fin caps) red yourself to match the red of the
decal. The placement guide also advises you to paint the
insides of the vertical stabilizers red as well, whilst I am not
saying that this is incorrect, it is certainly unusual.
for the ventral fin strake.
The sheet also carries a
fair selection of stencil data – the bigger and more visible of it
at least including walkways for the top of the intakes, the red
turbine warning stripes for the rear of the fuselage, ejection seat
triangles, and intake warnings. A complete set of slime lights and
lo-viz national insignia are also included.
decals themselves have been printed by Microscale and are well up to
the standard we have come to expect from this company. They are
sharply printed, in perfect register apart from the black edging to
the "sunray" on the right hand side vertical stabilizer decal but
this is minor and would be easily fixed with some deft painting with
a 000 brush.
The placement guide is the
standard A-4 sheet with full colour side profiles (left and right
hand sides as well as a plan view of the upper surfaces.
The decal sheets and
placement guide come packed in a clear plastic ziploc bag.
The recommended kit
A nice sheet for a very
CAM Decals has also catered
for fans of 1/32 and 1/72 scales. Sheet 32-085 carries markings for
just this machine whilst Sheet 72-059 also carries markings for the
VF-11 aircraft as well as markings for VF-41 and VF-84 machines.
I was not able to find a
photograph of this machine wearing these markings anywhere on the
net. Everything I did find showed it wearing the later and much
smaller version of the Sundowners tail markings. If you have one,
I'd appreciate a copy.
Brookhurst Hobbies for the review sample.
CAM Decals are available online
from their website at http://www.camdecals.com
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