S u m m a r y
||Eagle Strike 48-165 - F-14
Tomcats Part VIII
|Contents and Media:
||Waterslide decals - Decal
sheet plus instructions and notes
available from Aeromaster's website
||Perfect register; thin;
minimal carrier film;
||Minimal information on
by Rodger Kelly
Aeromaster Decals' 1/48 scale F-14 Tomcats Part VIII
will be available
online from Squadron.com
Eagle Strike Productions Tomcat Decal Manufacturing Company rolls along
with yet another sheet! This time, it's two CAG Bird ĖAs of the
Atlantic fleet from the halcyon and colourful pre-Tactical Paint Scheme
individual aircraft are:
Bureau number 159434, Modex 100, of VF-143 Pukin Dogs. The
markings depict it as it when it was aboard the USS America as a part of
CVW-6. The placement sheet advises that the reference photos used to
compile the sheet were taken when it appeared at Marine Corps Air
Station Yuma appeared in January 1977.
machine is in glorious gloss gull grey topsides over gloss white under
surfaces. All markings are in full colour and they comprise:
modex for the nose and tops of the flaps.
USS America titles
for the bottom half of the outer faces of the rudders.
NAVY titles as
well as the Bureau number block for the rear fuselage. The wrong
Bureau number block is provided; it should be 159434, not 159456 as
supplied (the placement guide also shows the Bureau number to be
VF-143 titles for
the ventral strakes.
markings for the vertical stabilizers.
Blue fin caps and
squadron designs for both sides of the vertical stabilizers. These
designs are one-piece decals and include a CAG 'rainbow'. Two spare
pieces of blue decal film are also supplied as "patches" in case you
have trouble in fitting these large decals.
identifiers for the rudders.
consisting of three thin blue lines for the forward fuselage.
Pilotís and RIOs
names for the canopy rails (both sides) and Plane Captainís name for
the nose gear door.
Bureau number 159008, Modex 200, the CAG bird of VF-32 Swordsmen.
The markings depict the machine when it was aboard the USS Ranger in
September of 1974.
machine is also in gloss gull grey upper surfaces over gloss white
undersides with full colour markings. The supplied markings comprise:
200 modex for the
nose, tops of the wing flaps and abbreviated 00s for the fin caps.
NAVY titles as
well as the Bureau number block for the rear fuselage.
markings consisting of three yellow bands edged in black. These are
one-piece decals for both sides of the vertical stabilizers. The
decals for the outer faces incorporate the AB airwing identifier as
well as the squadron' sword insignia and USS John F Kennedy titles.
The inner ones incorporate a "CAG fan" for the rudder. The
placement guide advises that Eagle Strike are unsure if the white
portion was separated by a thin yellow stripe or not so they have
not included it. However, they have supplied the stripes as a
separate decal should you want to add it.
for the inner faces of the vertical stabilizers. These are two sets
of these supplied. One set includes a white background whilst the
other set has a separate white backing in case of register/opacity
numeral 1 with the words Adm (Admiral) Clifton Award across the top.
Pilot's name for
the front canopy rails and Swordsmen titles for the rear canopy
rails and Plane Captain name for the nose gear doors.
The black of the
anti-glare panel, canopy rails and turtle deck. Love these as it
There is a single set of high-viz national insignia included for both
machines as well as a single set of stencil data (only the larger more
visible items) and the nose anti-glare panel will have to be shared
between both options. Strangely, no slime lights have been provided. I
say strange as most of the Eagle Strike and AeroMaster F-14 sheets do
supply them but I guess that this is a space related issue rather than
placement guide is a full-colour two-sided affair that shows left-hand
side profiles and top views of each aircraft.
decals have been 'Printed in Mexico'. They have a gloss finish with
a minimum of carrier film. Everything is sharply printed and in perfect
decal sheet and placement guide come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc
suggested kit is Hasegawa.
is another nice Tomcat sheet from Eagle
Strike. The Bureau number glitch is a disappointment though but it does
really detract from the overall product as it can be easily rectified by
obtaining the missing '34' from other sources.
Thanks to AeroMaster
/ Eagle Strike
Products for the review sets
On-line sales are available from the
AeroMaster Products /
Eagle Strike Productions web site.
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