48003 - VF-143 Pukin' Dogs Last Ride
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Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Here is another new sheet from Brian Plesica's and Mike
Pister’s company, Fightertown Decals.
This time we
are treated to markings for Atlantic Fleet jets of VF-143, the World Famous
association with the F-14 has been long and action packed. They transitioned to
the Tomcat in April 1976 and made their first deployment aboard the Atlantic
Fleet’s USS America. Fast forward some 28 years to 2004 and they found
themselves still flying the Tomcat, albeit a latter version, and aboard the USS
George Washington in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
is from these final days that the machines that feature on this sheet depict.
Markings are provided for three machines as follows:
Bureau number 163220 Dog 100 the CAG bird. The aircraft is in the
basic Tactical Paint Scheme (TPS) finish of FS35237 dark blue/grey over
FS36375 light compass grey worn by the F-14. She wears a little colour
(dark blue) but this is confined to a “sash” across her forward fuselage
(and external fuel tanks), fuselage national insignia), airwing identifiers
(and ship’s initials), modex, three cord-wise stripes/inverted chevron and
the caps of her vertical stabilizers. Nose art is worn on the right hand
side of the fuselage in the form of the familiar twin tailed tomcat figure
leaning on the Pukin’ Dogs winged griffin insignia with a banner bearing the
words “LAST RIDE”. This marking is supplied as a two-part decal with the
blue detail being applied over a white background.
Bureau number 162921, modex 102, the Executive Officers Jet. This bird is
in the same basic TPS scheme and markings of the CAG bird above with the
substitution of black modex and nose art.
Bureau number 162701, modex 111 a squadron line bird. More of the same
here as she is marked the same as the previous option.
too carries the much welcomed tiny data placards for the landing gear struts,
catapult launch bar, warning data placards for the ejector seats as well as a
complete set of formation keeping “slime lights” and a set of black “petal”
decals to add detail and an appearance of depth to the jet nozzles. Squadron
markings for the crew’s helmets, and squadron insignia shoulder patches and two
complete sets of Lantrin pod stencil data and placard markings are provided as
is a pair of white “stripe” squadron produced vinyl intake covers should you
want to go to the extra lengths of scratch building or purchasing a set of
aftermarket Steel Beach ones.
Decals’ typical thoroughness continues with the placement guide. It is A-4 in
size and printed on good quality glossy paper. It shows both left and right
hand side for each option as well as plan views of the topsides for the CAG bird
and the other two options. Full and comprehensive notes are also included and
guide you on weapons load outs and weapon rail configuration as is a
comprehensive list of aftermarket products available for the 1/48 scale F-14.
themselves have been printed by Microscale. Two sheets are provided, a very
crowded main one and a smaller one that carries the “slime lights”. Everything
on my sample is in perfect register, sharply printed and looks to be the right
shades of colour to my eye (for info, the dark blue used by the squadron is very
deceptive, looking very blue up close and black at a distance of a few paces). A
paper mask is also provided to assist you with the application of the walkways.
You can use them as either a positive or a negative mask and full instructions
are included on their use.
sheets, support guide and walkway mask come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Fightertown Decals website reference
has some excellent colour reference pics of the machines that feature on the
sheet including close-ups of the nose art to further assist you.
mistake, this is an excellent decal sheet with first rate supporting material
and it is heartily recommended.
Fightertown Decals for the review sample.
you were wondering how the Pukin’ Dogs got their name. The sea story that I
heard goes like this:
“Once upon a time long, long ago a cake was made to celebrate
the Squadron’s birthday. Atop the cake was a margarine reproduction of the
Squadrons winged Griffin emblem. The celebrations went on for a considerable
time when it came time to cut the cake the margarine griffin had softened
somewhat and was drooping. One of the wives’ of Squadron members who was
present noted this and made the remark that it looked more like a puking dog
than a winged griffin”. Or so the story goes!
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 11 October, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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