Mitsubishi A5M Part 1
Lifelike Decals, 1/48 scale
Reviewed by Brett Green
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Any new release from LifeLike decals is something to look forward to. They research their decals thoroughly, have a happy knack of choosing interesting and colourful subjects, and they always offer comprehensive additional information.
This time around, LifeLike has three brand new sets of 1/48 scale decals covering the Mitsubishi A5M Claude family. Both Fine Molds and Wingsy offer excellent kits of a variety of Claude variants. These decals should suit A5M Claude kits from either brand.
A whopping 12 subjects are included on Part One. Variants covered are the A5M2b Early (one aircraft), A5M4 (10 options) and an A5M4 trainer.
Ten of the aircraft are finished in natural metal with a range of red, white, yellow, black and blue fuselage, wing and tail markings. One of the A5M4s is in green upper surfaces and grey below; while the trainer is orange overall.
Three folded A4 pages are included in the resealable plastic bag. The first doubles as the cover page and a stencil placement guide.
The second sheet has side profiles and selected upper scrap views of the twelve subjects.
Last up is one double-sided sheet of detailed information on each specific aircraft. Data on colours, markings, and operations are included.
The decals are printed by Microscale and appear to be in perfect register.
There is a full-sized sheet for the unique markings, with a smaller sheet of national markings and some additional red and white stripes.
LifeLike Decals' 1:48 scale Mitsubishi A5M Part 1 offers a great range of markings presented to a very high standard for worthy models from Fine Molds and Wingsy.
Thanks to Lifelike Decals for these samples.
Text and Images Copyright © 2017 by Brett Green
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16 May, 2018
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