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F-14A Tomcat
 

Hi-Decal, 1/48


 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Hi-Decal Line 48-021 (72-051) - F-14A Tomcat
Scale: 1/48 scale (also available in 1/72 scale)
Contents and Media: One A5 decal sheet with an additional set of Iranian roundels on a small supplementary sheet and a set of walkway markings on an addendum sheet. An A3 size, b&w colour scheme and decal placement guide.
Price: T.B.A.
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Beautifully printed, thin decals covering some interesting and unusual subjects as an alternative to the more often seen US Navy schemes.
Disadvantages: No stenciling provided.
Recommendation: Recommended

 


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First Look


This sheet from Hi-Decal provides markings for six F-14As in service with the US Navy and the Imperial / Islamic Iranian Air Force.

The aircraft covered are:

  • F-14A 160339 of the IRIAF in the new, two tone blue, air superiority scheme.

  • F-14A 160320 of the IRIAF in a slight variation of the new, two tone blue, air superiority scheme.

  • F-14A 160365 of the IRIAF in the standard Asia Minor scheme.

  • F-14A 160318 of the IIAF in the standard Asia Minor scheme.

  • F-14A 160913 from NSAWC of the US Navy in a version of the IRIAF Asia Minor scheme.

  • F-14A 159855 from NSAWC of the US Navy in a four-tone, blue & grey splinter scheme.

The paint schemes, decal placements and a very brief history for each aircraft are provided, in black and white, on a large, double sided A3 sheet.

Acknowledgments, recommended kits and accessories and suggested references are also listed as well as a colour table with recommended equivalent colours (or mixes where required) for the Humbrol and Model Master ranges of paints. Information is also provided for the style of stenciling used on each of the schemes but, unfortunately, these will have to be purchased separately from other sources.

Also, having been spoilt of late with the abundance of full colour instruction sheets with decals these days, the patterns and shadings used on this b&w sheet make it a little tricky to follow the camouflage schemes on a couple of the options so you'll need to pay close attention.

The decals themselves look very thin, crisp and appear to be in perfect register on my sheet.

 

 

The only real down side for me is the need to have to buy extra sheets for the stenciling on these schemes.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Hi-Decal has produced a high quality sheet sheet which gives modellers some welcome, added variety to do some of the less-covered but perhaps more interesting schemes on their F-14 kits.

Recommended.

Thanks to Hi-Decal for the review sample


Hi-Decal decals are available direct from the manufacturer, Diego@HiDecal.
 


Text Copyright 2007 by Darren Mottram
Page Created 09 July, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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