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F-14 Fleet Tomcats #1

Bullseye Model Aviation 1/48 F-14 Fleet Tomcats #1 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2022 Manufacturer Bullseye Model Aviation
Subject F-14 Fleet Tomcats #1 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48022 Pros Six colorful options
Cons None noted Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $24.99

First Look

Bullseye Model Aviation continues their first release for the Fleet Tomcats series, this one covering the F-14A Tomcats of Desert Storm. The set is designed for the recent Tamiya 1/48 F-14A kits.

F-14 Fleet Tomcats #1 F-14 Fleet Tomcats #1

The aircraft presented here include:

  • F-14A, 162694, VF-32, AC/201, NAS Oceana, 1991, Skipper's aircraft
  • F-14A, 162694, VF-32, AC/201, USS John F Kennedy, Skipper's aircraft
  • F-14A, 161140, VF-32, AC/210, USS John F Kennedy, 1991
  • F-14A, 162705, VF-33, AB/201, USS America, 1991, Skipper's aircraft
  • F-14A, 162700, VF-14, AC/100, USS John F Kennedy, 1991, CAG aircraft
  • F-14A, 162597, VF-1, NE/100, USS Ranger, 1991, CAG aircraft

This set provides two sheets of decals printed by Cartograf that includes maintenance stencils and markings to replicate at least two examples in 1/48 scale (and if you use some of the stencils from the kits, you can do more!). 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.

These decals are sold exclusively by Sprue Brothers.

My sincere thanks to Bullseye Model Aviation for this review sample!