YHD48035 Tomcat Sunset Part 1 is the final
sheet in the Yellowhammer Models Tomcat Sunset trilogy.
The sheet provides markings worn by three of
the VF-31 F-14Ds that were involved in the final ever traps by
Tomcats aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt on 28 July 2006.
All options on the sheet are plain line birds
and are in the standard Tactical Paint Scheme finish of FS35237
dark blue/grey over FS36375 light compass grey.
individual machines are:
number 164346, “Sweet Little Miss” modex of 110 flown
on the day by Lieutenant Taylor “No Show”
Grant (no mention is made of his
RIO’s name is made and try as I might, I could not find out
either!). Whilst the aircraft is named “Sweet Little
Miss”, it carries the name “My Little Sixshooter”
on her drop tanks.
number 164341, Modex 112. An historic bird to say the least
as she made the final ever Tomcat trap. She was flown by
Lieutenant Chris Rattigan and Lieutenant Paul Dort, his RIO
on that day and surprisingly, she wore no special markings
to record the achievement and is just a plain looking line
option is Bureau number164343, modex 106. The placement
guide advises that she was flown by Lieutenant Commander
Dave Faehnle and again, no mention is made of his RIO’s
name. The aircraft wear standard squadron markings but has
a “Top Gun” style symbol on the nose with the words United
States Navy Tomcats and Targets surrounding it.
The sheet also has various other VF-31
specific zaps for drop tanks including a laughing Felix next to
a silhouette of an F/A-18. A single complete set of stencil
data and national insignia is provided. In essence, you can
model just one of the options on the sheet only.
The decal sheet is accompanied by an A-4
sized placement guide. One side of the page shows left hand
side profiles for both options whilst the rear shows an upper
surface plan view.
The decals themselves are thin, sharply
printed and in perfect register.
The decal sheet and the placement guide come
packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
Get in while you can and grab one of these
sheets before they disappear.
A nice sheet and a nice trilogy of “final
Tomcat markings” from Yellowhammer Models.