S u m m a r y
|Contents and Media:
||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal
Meteor Productions website
||Well researched; up-to-date
markings for both aircraft; high quality instructions; interesting subjects
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor
Yellowhammer models YHD48023 Tomcat Nose Art & Afghan War Hero is a new
release from Yellowhammer Models. It provides markings for two F-14
Tomcats of the Atlantic Fleet.
First aircraft is Bureau number 161435 an F-14B of VF-103. The markings
depict it, as it appeared in December 2001 when it was the squadron’s
CAG bird aboard the USS George Washington.
Traditionally, CAG Birds wear “00” modex. Occasionally, where a
squadron’s number falls within the modex range allocated to it, the
CAG bird will wear it’s squadron number as the modex. Hence 103 being
VF-103’s CAG – make sense?
The aircraft is finished in the standard F-14 Tactical Paint Scheme (TPS)
of FS35237 and FS36320 top surfaces over FS36375 lower surfaces. Both
sides of the vertical stabilizers, the top of the nose, the canopies
and the spine are in black. The fin caps and the top third of the
leading edge of the Stabilizer are in yellow.
VF-103’s back and
yellow sash for the forward fuselage as well as the intake mounted
drop tanks. The fuselage sash decal incorporates the national
insignia, which is all black, as are the national insignia for the
The yellow trims for
the tops of the vertical stabilizers.
Squadron skull and
crossbones for the vertical stabilizers.
Clifton Award, and
Secretary of Defence Phoenix Award, USS George Washington scripts,
“Battle E” award and AA airwing identifiers in white for the vertical
Nose art in the form of
a silhouette of George Washington within a circle and the script
Thin yellow striping in
yellow and VF-103 scripts for the fuselage strake.
Bureau number block and
NAVY scripts for the rear fuselage.
Aircrew and plane
Captain’s names for the canopy rails and nose gear doors respectively.
103 modex in black for
the nose and wing tops as well as an abbreviated 03s in white for the
Minimal stencil data.
The data is all in black and it includes the intake warnings, turbine
warning stripes as well as the ejection seat triangles.
There are some great reference shots of this aircraft right here on
Note the differences in the spine. One shot shows it with the entire
spine black whilst another shows it with it only partially painted.
The other aircraft is an F-14A, Bureau number 162698. The markings
depict it when it was VF-14’s CAG bird embarked aboard the USS
Enterprise. As the title states, this aircraft took part in the
opening shots of Operation Enduring Freedom against targets in
Afghanistan in November/December of 2001.
Paint scheme is the same as Kate’s Nickel except that it has black tips
to the wings and horizontal stabilizers and lacks the yellow trim.
Squadron insignia, AJ
airwing identifiers, USS Enterprise scripts for the vertical
Aircrew and Plane
Captain’s names for the canopy rails and nose gear doors respectively
(in white for the canopy rails and black for the gear doors).
200 modex in black for
the nose, nose gear doors and wing tops as well as an abbreviated 00s
in white for the vertical stabilizers.
Minimal stencil data,
which is in the same style that was originally applied to the hi-viz,
gull grey and white F-14s. The turbine-warning stripe though is in
insignia for the fuselage and wings.
Thin black striping and
VF-14 titles for the fuselage strakes.
Small squadron insignia
zaps for the intake mounted drop tanks.
There is also a single set of slime lights as well as a small selection
of no step/push decals to be shared between both options.
It not stated as to which company printed the decal sheet. The decals
are thin and glossy with minimal decal film. Unfortunately, there is
a slight register issue on my sample sheet with the yellow of the
stencil data boxes and the red of the national insignia for the VF-14
The placement guide is a double-sided A-4 sheet that shows left hand
side profiles of each aircraft on the reverse side as well as a
generic plan-view of the upper surfaces. No recommendation is made as
to which kit the markings have been tailored for nor are there any
All said and done though, this is a nice sheet from Yellowhammer
Models. It provides you with up-to-date markings for two aircraft
that will shortly be leaving the fleet. Be aware of the register
issue when you are selecting your sheet and you won’t have any
Cutting Edge Modelworks products,
including Cutting Edge Decals, can be viewed at
Meteor Productions website
Review Copyright © 2003 by
This Page Created on 23 May, 2003
14 August, 2003
HyperScale Main Page
Back to Reviews Page