P-51 Mustang Pt. 6
Lifelike Decals, 1/48 scale
Reviewed by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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The P-51 Mustang has always been a colorful airplane. The nose art only being eclipsed by the P-47. Lifelike has given us another iteration of Mustang nose art.
Lifelike does some of the best research in the decal business. And unlike other decal manufacturers that once you buy the product and new information comes to light they don’t say oh well we tried. Lifelike produces a corrected decal and offers it free of charge to make sure your decals are the latest and greatest.
Contained in a ziplock, are two A4 single sided pages printed in full color. The instructions provide the history and the way Lifelike drew their color conclusions.
The decals are printed on three sheets by Cartograf and Microscale. The largest sheet contains the black, white and red decals including the checkers and red outlines. The next sheet is the US Stars and Bars which includes two greyed out emblems. The final sheet has all the other color options on the sheet which has most of the nose art on it.
The first aircraft is of Lt. Col. Roy Caviness of the 78th FG with similar markings to those carried by ‘Big Beautiful Doll’. If you want colorful this is a great way to have it. The markings are everything that is beautiful about the 78th FG.
The next aircraft actually has two marking options. It is flown by Capt. John ‘Wild Bill’ Crump of the 356FG in April 1945. This aircraft named ‘Jackie’ sports a red nose with blue diamonds and in one iteration with blue rings on the spinner. The story of Wild Bill and his coyote, Jeep, is told in the narrative. The markings are quite colorful and the different names on both sides of the fuselage.
The third aircraft is a P-51B from the China/Burma/India theater. It is unique in that it has a shark mouth on it. The markings in yellow makes this quite a colorful aircraft despite being painted in OD/NG.
The final aircraft is the well known ‘Detroit Miss’ of Urban Drew. I think this is the first time that the markings and coloring is correct in decal form. With the all yellow nose and blue rudder and canopy frame this is quite a colorful aircraft.
This is quite a colorful sheet. There is invariable something on here for everyone. Contrary Mary definitely gets my creative juices flowing. Having used Lifelike Decals on another P-51 I think they will work perfectly.
Also to show how Lifelike ensures your decals are correct, they noticed that the artwork for “Los Angeles City Limits” is off slightly. They will issue a correction sheet shortly. This is the way a decal company should be run. World class research and decals.
What is not to love? Another winner from Lifelike.
Thanks to Lifelike Decals for these samples.
Text and Images Copyright © 2017 by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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23 October, 2017
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