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FCM Decals 1/48 F-14A VF-211 Checkmates Operation Southern Watch Decal First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2012 Manufacturer FCM Decals
Subject F-14A VF-211 Checkmates Operation Southern Watch Scale 1/48
Set Number 48043 Pros Two distinctive subjects
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Basic

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.

F-14A F-14A

Here are a pair of F-14 Tomcats from VF-211 during their Operation Southern Watch cruise that spanned the Christmas 1997 holiday season prompting the skipper's aircraft to receive special Santa markings.

The aircraft depicted here are:

  • F-14A-130-GR, 161856, VF-211, NG/101, USS Nimitz, 1997
  • F-14A-130-GR, 161850, VF-211, NG/103, USS Nimitz, 1997

This decal set provides complete distinctive markings, walkways, and stenciling for both aircraft. The decals are printed by Microscale and are in register. None of the markings here require you to stack one decal atop another to recreate artwork as done by some other decal companies.

This decal set provides some nice alternative markings for the 1/48 Tomcat kits out there. Note that you must use an F-14A like Hasegawa's 09884 that has the late NACA gun gas door vents to be accurate.

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

Thanks to FCM Decals for this review sample.