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FCM Decals

FCM Decals 1/48 F-14A/D Tomcat VF-101 Grim Reapers Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date Review August 2008 Manufacturer FCM Decals
Subject F-14A/D Tomcat VF-101 Grim Reapers Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48031 Pros One CAG and one line aircraft from VF-101 Grim Reapers
Cons Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) Approx $10.00 each

First Look

FCM Decals has an interesting line of aftermarket decals from Brazil. The subjects covered in this line include many Brazilian civil and military aircraft subjects, WWI aircraft, and the occasional look at the aircraft of other nations as well. Here is one near and dear to my interests, the TOMCAT!

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In this set, we have a pair of Starfighters:

  • F-14A-120-GR, 161426, VF-101, AD/103, NAS Oceana, 2004
  • F-14D-160-GR, 164342, VF-101, AD/164, NAS Oceana, 2004

The printing the FCM Decals line is sharp and clear, with the markings printed on a heavier carrier film that responds well to film softeners like Solvaset. The decal set includes complete stenciling to complete two aircraft though one or two stencils like ejection seat triangles will have to be used from the original kit markings.

Do pay attention to which kit you use. The CAG aircraft is a D-model and the recommended kit for this is from Hageawa. The A-model line aircraft had been updated to late standards, most notably the revised gun gas vent doors retrofitted from the F-14B/D. Only the a few of the Hasegawa and the latest Academy Tomcats have the updated gun doors.

For a list of retailers that carry the FCM Decal series, look here.

Thanks to FCM Decal for this review sample.

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