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||Double-sided full colour
letter-sized instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal
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||Well researched; beautifully
printed; high quality instructions; interesting subjects
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Sheet number YHD48024 is Yellowhammer Models’
latest release. It covers three F-14As from VF-41 whilst the squadron
was aboard the USS Enterprise during the opening rounds of Operation
Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
aircraft were painted up especially for this cruise to commemorate the
last time that they would by flying the F-14 before transitioning onto
the F/A-18E. Each aircraft on the sheet features the scripting “Last
Tomcat Cruise 1976-2001” on the top of the vertical stabilizers with
“First to Strike” on the leading edge of the port wing and “First to
Fight” in the same position on the starboard wing. Also, in an unusual
move for USN aircraft, each of them features a woman’s name on the
right hand side of the radome.
First up is the Anna, the CAG bird, Bureau number 162608. Anna is
painted in three greys with a black anti-glare that covers the nose,
canopies and turtledeck. Befitting a CAG bird she features a little
colour. The tops of the vertical stabilizers are red as is the turbine
warning stripe over the fuselage, the intake warnings and ejection
Red also shadows the 100 modex numbers on the
nose and the 00 on the vertical stabilizers and the nose undercarriage
door. The use of colour continues to the squadron insignia on the
outer sides of the vertical stabilizers which cleverly includes the
“AJ” of airwing identifier.
The remainder of the markings are in black with the exception of the
CAG and DCAG names which are in white to show against the black of the
canopy rails. (both sides). The black markings include the national
insignia, ships titles, bureau number – in an unusual font, Plane
Captain of the Quarter (?) and Seaman of the Year names plus some
minor stencilling. The names of the entire VF-41’ Corrosion Control
Team also feature as a decal but where this is placed is not clear.
Next is “Delores”, Bureau number 158612, Modex 103. Dolores is painted
in the standard tactical paint scheme (TPS) of FS 35237over FS 36320.
No colour this time! All markings are in either dark grey or light
The final aircraft is “Lauren”, Bureau number 161856 Modex 103. Lauren
is more of the same and is the same TPS and her markings, with the
exception of air and ground crew names, as Dolores. Whilst the TPS
finish lacks colour; in many ways this scheme is more challenging for
the modeller to replicate. Once TPS finished aircraft have been at sea
for a few months they take on a very patchwork and grimy appearance
due to constant attention of the corrosion control guys and the boots
of Plane Captains. Done right, they look very good.
Although it is not printed on the sheet, it sure looks as if they have
been printed by Microscale, such is the quality of the printing and
the thinness of each of the individual decals. Decal placement is
guided by a full colour letter-sized sheet and both the decal sheet
and instructions are packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
Summed up it is a well researched and
excellently produced decal sheet.
With the F-14 scheduled to be off the flightdeck by 2005 we can expect
to see many more of this type of sheets to be issued. This sheet I
suspect is merely the tip of the iceberg.
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