FCM 72-041: Aardvarks part 1

Units: VF-114




Scott Van Aken

This particular set from FCM is on the F-14A Tomcat and specifically those operating with VF-114. The Aardvarks had one of the more colorful markings and so F-14 modelers have enjoyed building them. While no specific kit is mentioned, most will gravitate towards the two different Hasegawa kits.

Markings are provided for three aircraft. The first option is from the USS Enterprise in 1987 in the overall Light Gull Grey scheme. THis one is the squadron commander's plane and has color in the unit marking on the fin and the nose stripe. This one has the TV seeker under the nose and also has a false canopy on the underside.

From 1988, also on the Enterprise is the CAG bird. Light Gull Grey overall with the same color in the markings as well as a color modex (nose number) and flap number. This one also has the false canopy.

Finally, a nice low viz scheme in the three grey TPS camouflage. Once more, a USS Enterprise bird, this time from May of 1984.

There is a full stencil suite for one aircraft and insignia as well as common data/warning markings for all. If you choose kit data markings, you can do all the options.

The decals themselves are very nicely  printed by Microscale.

March 2011

Thanks to FCM for providing the review sheet.

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