Furball Aero-Design 48-036: Air Wing All-Stars

(F-14 pt 2)



Review By:

Scott Van Aken


Eleven options

Here is another superb set from Furball Aero-Design. This is their second sheet for CAG F-14s. I missed the first one, but this one is a bit different from the norm in that all the planes depicted have no color in the markings, something that was quite common. All of the planes are in the Tactical Paint Scheme (TPS), though there are variations to this scheme. Intially, it was three greys; FS 35237, FS 36320 and FS 36375. A simplified version is just FS 36320 over FS 36375. There were also variations on the colors used for the inside and outside of the vertical fins. This sheet is sized for the Hasegawa kit and while many of the markings should fit the Monogram or Hobby Boss, or even the Fujimi kit, there is no guarantee that various nose and tail stripes will work on those other kits. The markings are all for F-14A or F-14B (called A+ when first rebuilt) aircraft.

So here is a rundown of what is provided.

From 1991 is this VF-24 F-14A+ aboard the Nimitz. This one is in three greys and has a false canopy on the underside of the nose.

Next, an F-14A from VF-51 in 1989 aboard the Carl Vinson. It is also in the three greys.

A VF-74 F-14B aboard the Saratoga in 1992 is the third option. This plane has the simplified scheme.

Naturally, we have a VF-84 plane from the Nimitz. This F-14A is from 1984 and is in the simplified scheme.

VF-102 has two aircraft on the sheet. The first is in the 1993 scheme for an F-14A in the simplified scheme.

The other is an F-14B from the USS JFK in 1998.

VF-142 is represented by an F-14B from 1994. This plane has the canopy surround done is FS 16081. This color is also applied to fin tips and the ventral fins.

The Pukin' Dogs of VF-143 F-14A from 1991 is next. This is in the simplified scheme.

Short-lived VF-191 has an F-14A from 1987. THis aircraft is in the three color scheme.

For the tenth option we have VF-211's F-14A from 1991. It is in simplified scheme and was flying from the Nimitz at the time.

Finally there is a VF-213 F-14A in the three color scheme. This is from 1991 as well when aboard the Abraham Lincoln.

The decals are superbly done by Cartograf and come with excellent markings and placement guides that show both a side view as well as both the top of each option. There are notes on each aircraft that provide more information for your build. There is also a sheet that provides a stencil placement guide. Common markings are available for two planes though you can probably also glean what you need from the donor kit.

January 2015

Review sheet courtesy of http://furballaero-design.com. You can get yours now at this link.

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