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VF-213 Black Lions
F-14D Tomcat Decals





S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: YHD32012
Scale: 1/32
Contents and Media: One decal sheet; one instruction sheet.
Price: USD$11.99
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: An unusual set of markings for an "up to date" subject; sharply printed; very thin; perfect registration.
Disadvantages: Possible difficulty in getting the "nose art" to conform to the compound curves of the nose; instructions a bit vague concerning placement of minor markings; difficulty and cost of converting the Tamiya F-14A to a D
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


Reviewed by Darren Mottram

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions




Yellowhammer Models decal set 32-012 provides markings to produce F-14D 164603 from VF-213 "Black Lions" with some striking nose art, at NAS Oceana during May 2001, using the 1/32 scale Tamiya kit (with some conversion required).

The decal set consists of one full size sheet which includes all the unit specific markings such as tail codes, modex, Carrier name and Squadron insignia as well as the air and ground crew names. The most striking aspect of this colour scheme is the large piece of nose art that has been applied to this machine which depicts (quite appropriately) a large Lion's head, painted in black, grey and white, on the radome. I'm not sure though how well this large, one piece decal will conform to the compound curves of the nose. 

The sheet also includes the major stencilling required for the airframe in the low viz "tactical" scheme.

The decals are beautifully printed, thin and with minimal carrier film.

The instruction sheet shows one side view of this aircraft and a smaller plan view. Whilst the location and placement of the major markings are quite evident on the instructions, the placement of some of the minor markings and stencilling is a little vague in it's depiction and some further reference on this machine (or even just F-14s in the "tactical" scheme) would be handy.

If you have decided to upgrade your Tomcat to a contemporary configuration and are looking for a striking and up to date scheme for it, then this is a sheet for you. This is an aircraft which, whilst still low viz, will stand out from the rest.

Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample. 

Yellowhammer Decals are available from Meteor Productions Website

Review and Images Copyright 2001 by Darren Mottram
Page Created 06 October, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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