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Back in February, I was asking for the proper shade of blue for VF-143 Tomcats, so as a way of saying thank you to Brian P and others, I thought I'd post some pics of the finished model. Not only were the VF-143 markings the wrong shade of blue, but the stripes for the top of the tailfins and rudder too short by approximately a millimeter (or 40 thou in inches). Unfortunately, the VF-32 markings suffer the same shortness in chord. Anyway, having a Silhouette Portrait cutter at hand, it was easy to create masks for the forward fuselage stripes and cut decal film strips into consistent widths. Other than that, not much modification is needed - the temperature probe is on the dual sprue with the pilot and wheels, the seven-slot mid-breech panel is from Quickboost and the crew figures had their heads modified to look out the cockpit. Will take a better view of the tailfeathers once I've recharged the battery for my camera. Jens .
No, not a new song title, but trying to determine what shade of blue was used on the VF-143 F-14As in the light gull gray over white era. I have the Furball Decals, and they specify Insignia Blue for the tops of the tailfins (that must be painted), but that will not match the blue trim of the tailfins and the three stripes on the forward fuselage. Looking at photos on the web, the blue is definitely lighter than the dark blue of the insignia. The hue varies with the photos too - in one photo it definitely has a hint of red in it which I can find no FS match for. In others it looks less rich, so I am thinking something along the lines of FS 15050 Blue Angels blue as that would also be available through the Navy supply chain... Jens