VF-31 Final Days CAG Bird
148001 - VF-31 Final
Days CAG Bird
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Waterslide decals plus instructions and notes
USD$8.00 available from Jasmine Model
Comprehensive coverage of the subject
diagrams means additional reference will be required.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Well, it never seems that it never rains but it pours!
Fans of U.S. naval aviation have had it good recently with two new decal
manufacturers releasing sheets covering the contemporary machines gracing the
flight decks of both Atlantic and Pacific Fleet carriers. To add to their glee,
there is now another new player to the decal world, Jasmine Model.
As far as I can work out, Jasmine Model is based in Shanghai, China and they
sell their decals directly from net via their website at
. I have seen them on E-Bay too with the seller linking back to the website.
sheet is their first one in 1/48 scale and it provides markings for a single
machine, Bureau number 1643423 when it was painted up as the final F-14D CAG
bird of VF-31 Tomcatters in September 2006.
1643423 is a pretty colourful bird even by CAG bird standards. She is finished
in the standard tactical paint scheme finish of FS35237 dark blue/grey over
FS36375 light compass grey. She displays yellow tipped black vertical
stabilisers (the yellow tips are supplied as decals) and black painted canopy
framing/anti-glare panels and spine, full colour national markings and safety
stencil markings. Her outer faces of her vertical stabilisers wear full colour
VF-31 Felix emblems incorporating a “Safety E” within the bomb as well as
symbols representing three other awards. The first and last of which look to be
the Arleigh Burke Award and U.S. Fleet Forces Command Golden Anchor
respectively. I’m not sure, but the centre one looks to be a symbol representing
the fact that VF-31 was credited with being the last F-14 unit to drop a bomb in
combat. The inner surfaces of her vertical stabilisers bear large Carrier Wing
Eight insignia. The squadron zaps for the drop tanks also sport colour in the
form of red, white and blue flag, or a red and white striped top hat.
Stencil data is confined to the larger more visible items. These include the
yellow block rescue instructions for the forward fuselage, a set of slime
lights, red intake warnings, red turbine stripes, ejection seat warning
triangles and some rather large “no step” warnings.
A complete set of instrument panel and side console decals are also included as
are two seats of ejection seat harnesses.
The decals themselves are silk screen printed and glossy. The appropriate
colours look to have been printed on top of a white background. This makes them
a little on the thick side but will ensure that they will be opaque when applied
over a dark background. Everything is in perfect register on my sample but there
is a small smudge on one of the 100 modex decals that will be hard to rectify as
it is on the white “shadowing” that the decal wears.
The decal placement guide is small at 7¼” x 10¼” sheet that has full colour left
and right hand side profiles in 1/100 scale and upper and lower plan views in
1/200 scale. Whilst visually pleasing as artwork, it falls short as a placement
guide as the smaller details (stencil data) is very difficult to ascertain.
Similarly, it is impossible to make out the camouflage demarcation as the
illustration is more an artistic rendition rather than an information
Packaging is via a thin cellophane bag with a gummed strip to seal it. Not good
at all as it is neigh on impossible to re insert the decal sheet, the waxed
paper protective sheet and the cardboard backing/header card back into it
without the gummed strip fouling it all!
The application of this Jasmine Mode sheet in 1/48 scale will produce a great
looking 1/48 scale F-14 and the company is a welcome addition to the decal
Recommended to those who have alternative references in their library so as to
overcome the inadequate placement guide.
Jasmine Model for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 19 September, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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