F-14A "Tomcat Alley"
S u m m a r y
Number and Description:
32-095 Tomcat Alley;
F-14A VF-154 Black Knights
|Contents and Media:
||Two decal sheets; two
instruction sheets with a cardboard header
||Impressive tail markings;
sharply printed; perfect register; minimum of decal film; includes
close-up reference photos.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Black Knight Rule! That’s what the BKR on the knight’s shield
stands for, and rule they do; both in a professional sense and in the
way they mark their aircraft.
Cam Decals 32-095 provides the markings for Bureau No 161272 whilst it
was the Black Knights CAG bird aboard the USS Kitty Hawk as a part of
CVW-5 in 1998, and what a colourful bird it was. In line with the then
standard squadron procedure of naming their mounts, this aircraft was
christened “Jimmy”. Unfortunately, I don’t know the reasoning for the
name but I guess that someone out there does and I’d appreciate some
feedback on this. Other names included El Diablo, Reaper, Thumper,
Animal, Strange Magic, Tina Rose, Drake, and Mi Evy
The drab TPS scheme of light and dark Ghost Grey has been brought
alive by the painters of VF-154. As well as painting both sides of the
vertical stabilizers in semi-gloss black they have also added their
“knight” in the form of a white outline to them. All other markings
are befitting that of the CAG bird status including full colour stars
and bars, white with red outline airwing identifiers, red outlined
nose modex, and red outlined ventral strakes. CVW-5’s symbol of five
“checkmarks” is also reproduced in the five colours of the Airwing.
1998 saw CVW-5 celebrating 25 years of being based in Japan and this
anniversary symbol is also provided in colour. I have included a
close-up (below) of this symbol that I took when the USS Kitty Hawk
visited us in 1999.
The sheets (there are two of them in this set) have been printed by
Microscale, enough said. All of the decals are in perfect register and
are sharp and clear with an absolute minimum of carrier film. The main
sheet carries the majority of the decals whilst the second, smaller
sheet provides walkways, slime lights and the myriad “no step”
stencils borne by the Tomcat.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The A-4 sized instruction sheet is simple but adequate and provides
placement detail as well as painting notes and a recommendation to use
the magnificent Tamiya kit as a canvas for these sheets.
The instruction sheet and decals are packed in a plastic Zip-loc bag
with a cardboard header sheet that bears a full colour rendition of
If you want to find out more about the Black Knights, visit their home
As well as providing the history of the squadron it also contains
some excellent close-up reference photos.
Thanks to CAM Decals
for the review sample.
CAM Decals are available online
from their website at http://www.camdecals.com
CAM Decals 59 page 2002 color
catalog of decals and resin parts is also
now available through the CAM Decals website
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