48007 - VF-154 Black Knights Final Combat Cruise
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Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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decals from Brian Plesica and Mike Pister at Fightertown Decals
Pacific Fleet this time with markings for CVW-5’s VF-154 Black Knights’
final combat cruise in the F-14 Tomcat in 2003.
are provided for five aircraft as follows:
Bureau number 161276 Nite 101 the Commanding Officer’s 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 also wears
the Black Knights distinctive FS36081 dark grey vertical stabilisers
and spine. Being the CO’s bird she wears a little colour too. In this case
it is red and it is used for the two chevrons on her vertical stabilisers,
the “shadowing” to her nose modex, and the words Black Knights on the
base of her vertical stabilisers. The placement guide shows red shadowing
to the modex on her flaps too but I could not find these on the sheet. She
also wears a full colour U.S. flag on the base of her vertical stabilisers.
This marking is supplied as a three-part decal and it is worn by all options
on the sheet. This machine operated from their home, the USS Kitty Hawk and
dropped 45 bombs during the cruise.
Bureau number 158620, Nite 104, a line bird. This option is in the
same basic TPS scheme and squadron markings of the CO’s bird without the red
shadowing. The chevrons and airwing indicators are in light compass grey.
This machine was shore based at Al Udeid during the conflict and dropped a
total of 18 bombs. She also had the unfortunate distinction of being the
only bird the Black Knights lost when she crashed in southern Iraq
due to a combination of engine malfunction and fuel transfer problems.
Bureau number 161293, Nite 103 in the same TPS scheme and squadron
markings as Nite 104 above. Carrier based during the conflict and a
dropped a total of 32 bombs.
Bureau number 161296, Nite 107 in the same TPS scheme and squadron
markings as Nite 104. Shore based at Al Udeid and had the
distinction of the only Black Knights jet to use its gun during the
Bureau number 161288, Nite 110 in the same TPS scheme and squadron
markings as Nite 104. Shore based at Al Udeid and the squadron’s
record holder with a total of 32 bombs dropped.
conflict and during long cruise home, all options (bar the unfortunate Nite
104 of course) had their score cards painted on the left hand side of the
nose. Similarly, crew names were also painted onto the canopy rails on the left
hand side of the aircraft (Nite 110 had them painted on both sides). All
score cards and names are provided.
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” are included on the sheet as well as squadron
markings for the crew’s helmets, and squadron insignia shoulder patches. A
single set of Lantrin pod stencil data and placard markings is also provided.
placement guide is A-4 in size and printed on good quality glossy paper. It
shows both left and right hand side profiles for each option as well as a single
generic plan view of the topsides. 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.
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themselves have been printed by Microscale. Two sheets are provided, a very
crowded main one and a smaller one that carries two sets of “slime lights”.
Everything on my sample is in perfect register, sharply printed and looks to be
the right shades of colour to my eye. 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
product fro the guys at Fightertown Decals. It provides you with first rate
research and top quality decals.
Fightertown Decals for the review sample.
Whilst the placement guide gives you a thumbnail sketch of
the Black Knights involvement in operation IRAQI FREEDOM, it can not hope to
give you the full picture. If you want to know more get a hold of the Osprey
Publishing’s Combat Aircraft number 52, U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat Units of Operation
IRAQI FREEDOM by Tony Holmes. It’s a good read!
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 22 October, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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