DXM Decals 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
This decal sheet, 51-3203, contains decals for five aircraft:
AD101, F-14A, BuNo 162689, 2002 (On display in USS Hornet)
AD101, F-14B, BuNo 162923, 1995
AD107, F-14B, BuNo 162910, 2004 (On display NAS Key West)
AD163, F-14D, BuNo 163414, 2004
AD165, F-14D, BuNo 164345, 2005
The sheet looks like it contains enough stencils for two aircraft, but you will need to check and count for yourself to be sure. In this scale, there are kits by Trumpeter, Revell and Tamiya.
The decals arrived from DXM Decals in an envelope clearly marked ‘Do not Bend’. Inside the envelope, the decals were secured between 2 pieces of cardboard. The decals themselves are in a self-sealing plastic bag, with a tab at the top for hanging the bag on a sales rack in a store. There’s plenty of space in the bag so getting the decals in and out is not a problem. The bottom folds up over the bag and has a sticky stripe on it to seal it. I found that the sticky strip tends to stick to everything, so I folded the sticky tab back on itself and sealed the bag with a second, smaller, piece of tape. This way I can put things back inside the bag a lot easier. Inside the bag are:
Two A4/Letter sized, double sided, colour sheet of decal placement instructions.
One large decal sheet. (15cm x 21cm)
Three small partial decal sheets.
The two sheets of instructions are folded in half and sit one inside the other to form a booklet with four pages and eight sides. The first instruction sheet uses one-half of one side for the cover. If you open the sheet you will see port and starboard views of all five aircraft, 3 are hi-viz, and 2 are lo-viz. There’s also part views of the inside of the all the twin tails. Colours for the aircraft are given in Mr. Color and Humbrol, with all also having either a name or an FS number for reference. The last part of this sheet shows top and bottom of 1 of the five aircraft. The second instruction sheet shows the top and bottom of the other four aircraft. The placement of the decals is clearly shown on the images, and you can also see the colour schemes of the aircraft.
The decals themselves are by Cartograph, so the quality is, of course, splendid. The amount of additional carrier film seems to be almost non-existent. The decals themselves look very thin, in register, and the colours seem good too. I scanned the sheet at a high resolution, and all the text is readable. All in all, everything we have come to expect from Cartograph. One of the small sheets contains lo-viz stars and bars, the second is for the anti-glare panel on the nose of one of the aircraft and the third is a section of formation light coloured sheet that you can cut from to use for the formation lights.
To summarize, this is an excellent quality, highly detailed decal sheet. This set is comprehensive, clearly laid out and the instructions are easy to understand. Overall, this a good quality set and well worthy of being used on your F-14A/B/D build