Color and Markings US Navy Tomcats, Part 2

Published: August 18th, 2016     
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Reviewed by: Rob Benson - IPMS# 44038
Scale: 1/48
Price: $19.99
Product / Stock #: F/D&S-4809
Product provided by: Furball Aero-Design

Thank you to Furball Aero-Design for extending this decal series. I am certain that F-14 fans will be thrilled with this set! Thank you to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them, I am very appreciative of the chance to contribute back to the scale-modeling community.

The one word that captures this decal set is "stunning." Furball in collaboration with Detail & Scale (D&S) has produced a treatment of F-14A and B markings that spans eight years of historical aircraft from 1990 through 1998. Tomcats from VF-14, aboard the USS John F. Kennedy, VF-11 and VF-31 from the USS Forrestal, VF-33 aboard the USS America, VF-103 from the USS Saratoga, and lastly, VF-84 and VF-101 of NAS Oceana are very well represented in low-visibility colors. All examples are as colorful as they were allowed to be under under the low-visibility schemes at the time. Five full-color, decal placement guides are filled with all kinds of FS paint callouts, bonus information and unique aircraft facts, with color profiles and an excellent stencil placement guide. Furthermore, special thanks are given to several very famous, well-known researchers and USN aviation experts, adding significant credibility to the accuracy of the decal set. The decal set is supported by a recently released D&S publication, Digital C&M Volume 1, Color & Markings of U. S. Navy F-14 Tomcats, Part 1: Atlantic Coast Squadrons.

The decals are on three sheets, a large 8.75 x 11.25 inch main markings sheet, and smaller 8.6 x 2.8 inch and 4.0 by 4.35 inch inserts with numbers, names, and walkways. The smallest sheet with walkways is available separately (product code 48-050). There is virtually no extra carrier film visible. The decal opacity is very good. Lettering is exceptionally crisp everywhere. The formation lights seem to have just the right amount of fluorescent "glow." Narrow black outlines representing the leading-edge, wing-root glove vanes, and bare-metal panel and stripe decals are elegant solutions to some tricky detailing. I did a quick estimate of how many F-14s could be done with this decal set and I believe you could do at least 6 kits using kit decals as supplements. Furball modestly states on the product website that two complete aircraft could be modeled with the stencils provided.

I highly recommend these decals. The integration of excellent decals with specific aircraft backed up by great D&S research truly enhances the whole build experience. The numbers of possible Tomcat builds make this set a great value. Now the only minor problem is that I only have 4 F-14 kits!

Thank you again to Furball Aero-Design for providing the decal set to review, and to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for letting me review them, it is a much appreciated privilege.

  • Cover sheet and squadrons
    Cover sheet and squadrons
  • Color profiles and associated references
    Color profiles and associated references
  • Color profiles and associated references
    Color profiles and associated references
  • All three sheets
    All three sheets
  • Decal close-up showing lettering sharpness, with a 1:48 ruler for scale
    Decal close-up showing lettering sharpness, with a 1:48 ruler for scale

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