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DECAL SHEET REVIEW


Furball Aero-Design 48-059 F-14 Stencils and Data
1:48 Scale



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In this release, Furball Aero-design supplies a comprehensive set of decals for the F-14A Tomcat covering everything but squadron specific markings.  Decals are provided for one high-visibility gull gray-over white jet of the 1970s and early 1980s and one low visibility tactical paint scheme (TPS) aircraft of the 1980s and 1990s.

The decals here are very comprehensive, from the standard markings one would expect on a sheet such as this: national insignia, warning triangles and rescue markings, intake warning markings, slime lights, and so on.  There are also a lot of smaller details, from accurate GRU-7 ejection seat stencils, to all the little hoist points and ground point markings, the alternate No Step/Lift markings sometimes seen on the horizontal stabilizers, the distinctive yellow UHF/TACAN aerial warning marking painted on the spine on some earlier Tomcats, and black arresting hook stripes.  Even the formation lights are represented by decals. Individual numbers are provided for BuNos so you can make your own and represent any F-14A that you would like.

Two things missing here (at least as far as I can see).  First, there are no the anti-skid walkway decals for the TPS scheme, but it seems that Furball ran out of room on the sheet to include them – and they are also available in another small Furball set, 48-050 (see our review HERE.  Also, there are no decals to represent the placards on the landing gear.  Additionally, the color used for the starboard anti-collision lights are in the blue/black end of the spectrum.  Back in the day when I used to watch F-14s fly, my memory recalls a color in the blue/green spectrum, even when the light was turned off.  Or, at least, that’s how I’ve been painting those starboard lights on Tomcat models since the 1980s!  

The decals were printed by Cartograf and the quality does not get any better than this.  The markings are sharp and even the smallest stencils are legible in 1:48 scale.  Carrier film is very thin and highly restrained.  

These decals seem to have been created with the new 1:48 scale Tamiya F-14A in mind, but virtually everything here can be used on any F-14A kit that’s out there. 

Many thanks to Furball Aero-Design for the review sample. You can find them on the web at http://www.furballaero-design.com/default.asp and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FurballAeroDesign

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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