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F-14D Tomcat 'VF-31 Tomcatters'

DXM Decal 1/48 F-14D Tomcat 'VF-31 Tomcatters' Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2019 Manufacturer DXM Decal
Subject F-14D Tomcat 'VF-31 Tomcatters' Scale 1/48
Set Number 48031/91-4235 Pros Nice selection of subjects
Cons None noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $25.00

First Look

DXM Decal is back with another interesting release. This set provides a nice cross-section of subjects ranging from the F-14D's early days aboard USS Carl Vinson through their final cruise with the F-14D aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2006. This cross-section provides a variety of color and marking variations as well as camouflage variations through this time period. 

F-14D Tomcat 'VF-31 Tomcatters' F-14D Tomcat 'VF-31 Tomcatters'

This set consists of two sheets which provide the standard Tomcat markings and walkways as well as the distinctive markings for each of the subjects listed below. Those subjects include:

  • F-14D, 164342, VF-31, AJ/100, USS Theodore Roosevelt, 2006, CAG aircraft
  • F-14D, 164600, VF-31, NK/101, USS Abraham Lincoln, 2002, Skipper's aircraft
  • F-14D, 164601, VF-31, NK/100, USS Abraham Lincoln, 2003, CAG aircraft
  • F-14D, 163893, VF-31, NK/200, USS Carl Vinson, 1995, CAG aircraft
  • F-14D, 159619, VF-31, AJ/105, USS Theodore Roosevelt/NAS Oceana, 2006
  • F-14D, 164343, VF-31, AJ/106, USS Theodore Roosevelt/NAS Oceana, 2006
  • F-14D, 164350, VF-31, Tomcat Sunset, 2006

This set provides a variety of schemes for your favorite Tomcat kit., and you can replicate several of these colorful schemes if you can find additional airframe stencil sets. The final scheme replicates the original high-visibility schemes worn by the early F-14As when they entered service and worn by this F-14D at the Tomcat Sunset ceremony that marked the Tomcat's official last flight.

For more information about this set and the other releases from DXM Decal, visit their website at dxmdecals.com.

My sincere thanks to DXM Decal for this review sample!

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