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Grumman F-14A Tomcat VF-84

Custom Aeronautical Miniatures 1/48 Grumman F-14A Tomcat VF-84 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2015 Manufacturer Custom Aeronautical Miniatures
Subject Grumman F-14A Tomcat VF-84 Scale 1/48
Set Number P48-034 Pros Nice subject
Cons None noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $12.00

First Look

Custom Aeronautical Miniatures has been producing decals for a while though they have had few releases until recently. Here is their sheet for the F-14A Tomcat from VF-84 'Jolly Rogers'. This is the aircraft circa 1981 with the wrap-around gray color scheme about two years after the film 'Final Countdown' was filmed in the Mediterranean.

Grumman F-14A Tomcat VF-84 Grumman F-14A Tomcat VF-84

The subject included in this set:

  • F-14A, 160414, VF-84, AJ/201, USS Nimitz, 1981, Skipper's aircraft

The sheet is printed by Microscale and the printing is very well done. What's more, none of these decals require the modeler to stack multiple layers of markings atop one another to recreate artwork. This trend by some other decal companies of producing multiple-layer decals is unfortunate as it puts the burden on you to do the work of what should have been done by the decal maker.

You can acquire these decals directly from Custom Aeronautical Miniatures' website.

My sincere thanks to Custom Aeronautical Miniatures for this review sample!


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