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||Lifelike Decals 32-001 -
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Part 1
|Contents and Media:
||2 x A5
sized decal sheet; 1 x full colour double-sided A-4 instruction
||USD$12.50 from model
||High quality printing,
perfect register, stencil data included, informative
HyperScale is proudly supported by
by Rob Baumgartner
Hasegawa’s 1:32 scale Fw190 series has generated a lot of new decal
sheets from manufacturers. Some have simply upsized existing sheets
in their range, others created new ones. Here is an example of the
former…and welcome it is too.
This is Lifelike’s first sheet in this larger
scale. Four aircraft are presented to the consumer and they are a
mixture of the A-3, A-7, and D-9 models. The modeler will need to
check their sources carefully to make sure the details in the
aforementioned kits match their chosen subject.
The decals themselves are superb. The carrier
film is exceptionally thin, which is a feature of anything printed
by Microscale Industries. Colour definition and sharpness is another
trait of this company and this sheet was no exception.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
To ensure that there are no registration
problems, some of the more intricate decals are printed in two
parts. The modeler can them lay each item on top of the other to
ensure a perfect result.
Stencil data is not forgotten and Lifelike
provide enough for both the Fw190A and Fw190D-9. So there is no
mistake, a helpful instruction sheet shows where these reside.
The chosen subjects on this sheet are:
- Fw190 A-3 flown by Obt. Erich Rudorffer,
Staffelkapitan 6/JG2, August 1942.
His aircraft was
“yellow 1” finished in RLM 74/75/76. It’s not known whether the kill
markings were applied to both sides of the rudder so Lifelike give
you an extra set just in case.
- Fw190 A-7 flown by Obfw. Adolf Glunz,
profiled with a “round” 9, the photo used for this subject clearly
illustrates the square shape. Again, kill markings are supplied for
both sides of the rudder if desired.
- Fw190 D-9 flown by Oberst Hans Ulrich
Rudel, Kdore. SG 2, April 1945
With only a poor
quality photo to go by, Lifelike interpret this scheme to be RLM
83/75/76. Modellers should note that the fuselage markings seen on
this aircraft are not aligned correctly.
- Fw190 D-9 flown by Unter-offizier Günter
Rey, 11/JG54, January 1945
“Yellow 11” is taken
from an illustration only in one of the quoted reference sources.
Colours are given as RLM 83/75/76 with a mottle of RLM 81/83.
Thoughtfully, two versions of the Cologne coat of arms are provided
as the one seen in the aforementioned literature is not the official
A bonus with these sheets is
that they give the reference sources for the depiction of each
aircraft shown. Thus the builder can view these sources and make up
their own mind as to the accuracy of the camouflage and markings
The quality of the sheets will make application a breeze and give
the builder more options for their large scale Focke Wulfs.
Thanks to Keishiro Nagao of Lifelike Decals for the
Decals are available by email at
Katsushika, Tokyo 125-0061, Japan