Review: Lifelike Decals P-47D Pt 9

Lifelike Decals 48-049 P-47D  Thunderbolt Part 9

This new decal sheet from Lifelike Decals is designed for Tamiya’s P-47D kits, although I think they will work with any P-47D kits.  The set consists of:

  • 2 A4 sheets of single-sided colour instructions
  • 1 half A4 sheet showing black & white stencil placement.
  • 1 decal sheet 21cm x 13cm
  • 1 decal sheet 16cm x 8.5cm
  • 1 decal sheet 6.5cm x 8cm48049

The decals arrived in a padded envelope from the manufacturer. Your supplier may package differently. The set is inside a zip-lock style bag and the bag has plenty of space so it is easy to get the sheets in and out.

The sheet covers 3 aircraft:

  1. P-47D-15-RE, 42-76179 61Fs/56FG, Halesworth, England, Jan to March 1945
  2. P-47D-30-RA, 44-33221, 368FG, France or Germany, late 44 to spring 45.
  3. P-47D-30-RE, 44-20984, 347FS/350FG, Pisa, Italy, April 1945

The first  aircraft is a razorback and the latter 2 are bubble-tops.

SCAN0000aThere’s one complete set of stencils, although you will have some left over. You can just about make 2 of the aircraft from the larger decals, although depending what you choose you might have to find some other decals yourself. Whatever way you do it you will have most of a second aircraft left over on the sheets.

The 2 A4 sheets are folded in half to make a small booklet. The cover shows a port side view of each of the aircraft and the other half of this sheet shows top and bottom of each aircraft. These smaller views are only used for the few large decals so the detail is good enough. This page also lists the 16 references that were used in producing the sheets. I really like that LifeLike give you their list of references. This is a very good idea and points you in the right direction if you want to find out more for yourself.SCAN0000

The second A4 sheet gives you port side views of the aircraft and decal placement with brackets to indicate decal placement on the starboard side. Aircraft #1 and #2 both have 2 options that will allow you to model the aircraft from 2 slightly different time periods. There is also a short description of each aircraft as well describing the paint schemes, special instructions and which of the 16 references are used for a particular aircraft. The extra information will come in really handy in getting your aircraft right.

The half A4 sheet shows top, bottom and port razorback and starboard bubbletop views with the stencil placements clearly indicated. Some of these you might have to research the orientation for yourself as it’s not clear from this sheet.

Another thing I like is that Lifelike Decals have updates to sheets on their website. If further information is found out about a particular aircraft the post it here and where needed, offer correction sheets if you contact them.

nose artMost of the decals are printed in Japan by Microscale, apart from the small nose art sheet that needed off-set printing, which was printed by Cartograf. The carrier film is minimal and the colours are clear and everything seems in register. The decals with text are all readable apart from the smallest ones – if your eyes are good enough!

This sheet will cost roughly $15.00, depending where you live.

A highly recommended set of decals for a both razorback and bubbletop P-47s, with a good variety of aircraft. My own favourite is option #2. The instructions are good overall and excellent in places and Lifelike Decals backs up their products on their website and encourages you to let them know what you think. It’s nice to see a manufacturer who is trying to engage with the modelling community.

Many thanks to Lifelike Decals for the review sample.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International


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