Furball Decals FDS 4818: Colors and Markings of the F-14 Tomcat part IX




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Review By:

Scott Van Aken


Fifteen options

This set is another collaboration between Furball Aero Design and Detail and Scale. It provides fifteen markings options for F-14A/B aircraft that were painted in the Tactical Paint Scheme. This scheme consists of FS 35237 for the dark color, FS 35320 for the intermediate shade and FS 36375 for the lighter shade. These latter two shades are very close and often difficult to distinguish from each other, especially if the paint has weathered to any degree. In fact, weathering can make the entire airframe seem the same color. Do not take the colors shown on the sheet as the actual shades as they are enhanced to show the demarcation areas.

The markings are designed for the Tamiya 1/48 Tomcat, though it should fit other kits in this scale with little or no issue. Usually the problem of fit comes with fin and fuselage bands and stripes. You would think that all 1/48 F-14s are the same, but that is not always the case.

So here is what's on the sheet.

-VF-14, F-14A 162700, “AC 100” USS John F. Kennedy, Operation Desert Storm, 1991

-VF-24, F-14A+ 163223, “NG 200” USS Nimitz, 1991

-VF-31, F-14A 161856, “AE 200”, USS Forrestal, 1991

-VF-51, F-14A 160667, “NL 100”, USS Carl Vinson, 1989

-VF-74, F-14B 169925, “AA 100” USS Saratoga, 1992

-VF-84, F-14A 160414, “AJ 200” USS Nimitz, 1984

-VF-84, F-14A 160414, “AJ 200” USS Nimitz, 1986

-VF-102, F-14A (TARPS) 162695, “AB 100”, USS America 1993

-VF-102, F-14B 162916, “AB 100”, USS John F. Kennedy, 1998

-VF-103, F-14B 162918, “AA 100”, USS George Washington, 2002

-VF-142, F-14B 162926, “AG 200”, USS George Washington, 1994

-VF-143, F-14A+ 161416, “AG 100”, USS Eisenhower, 1991

-VF-191, F-14A 159002, “NM 100”, NAS Miramar, 1987

-VF-211, F-14A+ 161599, “NG 100”, USS Nimitz, 1991

-VF-213, F-14A 161294, “NH 200”, USS Lincoln, 1991

The sheet provides enough data markings for two planes. A full data placement guide is provided as well. Decals are superbly printed by Cartograf.

January 2020

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