Although this sheet is titled 48036 Tomcat
Sunset #2 it is really the first of two sheets in the
Yellowhammer Models Tomcat Sunset series.
sheet provides markings worn by two of the F-14Ds belonging to
VF-31 Tomcatters which were displayed by them during the
Tomcat Sunset ceremonies conducted at Naval Air Station Oceana
over the period 20 to 23 September 2006.
VF-31 and the F-14 have a long history. The
Tomcatters received their first F-14 in January 1981 and
flew them until September 2006. The markings worn by the
Tomcatters birds during the Tomcat Sunset ceremonies were
certainly far from the normal and represented those worn by
their F-14s during the twenty six odd years they flew with the
squadron. The markings provided in these two new Yellowhammer
sheets faithfully reproduce them in 1/48 scale.
The individual machines are:
number 164603, wearing, the modex of 101 and belonging to
the Commanding Officer. 101 is finished in the tactical
paint scheme finish of FS35237 dark blue/grey over FS36375
light compass grey. Her markings echo the original red
striped rudders, ventral fins and black nose that VF-31
applied to the F-14 when they transitioned to them back in
1981. The rudder stripes themselves are supplied as decals
but you will have to paint the ventral fins yourself.
Bureau number 164350. In overall FS16440 light gull grey
over FS17875 white wearing the traditional leaning
twin-tailed tomcat logo associated with the F-14 and the
Grumman logo on the vertical stabilisers.
Complete markings are provided for both
options with the exception of a single set of red intake warning
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 upper
surface views of both options.