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Oriental Liberators

Part One

Fancy Art

1/48 scale




S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description: 48-742 Oriental Liberators Part One - Fancy Art
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Waterslide decals
Price: May vary according to place of purchase (USD$12 if purchased directly from AeroMaster)
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Good colour reference sheet; perfect register, thin carrier film, interesting subjects;
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

Aeromaster's Oriental Libertaors is available online from Squadron.com


AeroMaster new sheet. 48-742 provides markings for two China based 308th Bomb Group B-24 Liberators and includes a separate smaller sheet that holds high definition laser printed "nose art".

First up is B-24J-155CO 44-40316 'Ding How Dottie' of the 373rd Bomb Squadron. The machine is in an unusual scheme of natural metal finish upper surfaces with black undersides. Two different sets of markings are provided to enable you to portray 'Dottie' as she appeared in different stages of her life. The early version does not carry the Groups shark mouth and eyes markings and portrays 'Dottie' as demure lass in a bathing suit with a lesser tally of bomb markings. The later version has 'Dottie' sans the bathing suit, wearing the shark mouth and eyes Group markings as well as sporting a larger tally of bombs. As the laser-printed decals are fragile, two sets of each version of 'Dottie' are provided in case of accident in the application/sealing process.
The other machine is B-24J-180CO 44-40780 'Red Hot Riding Hood' of the 374th Bomb Squadron. 'Red Hot Riding Hood' wears the same scheme and shark mouth and eyes Group markings as 'Dottie' as well as the 373rd Bomb Squadron's distinctive yellow rudders and triangle on the vertical stabilisers. 'Red Hot Riding Hood' also gets two of the laser-printed nose art girls.

The sheet carries a single set of national insignia and propeller stencils/logos for both machines. Two sets of shark mouth and eye markings are carried. Both are different so don't confuse them. The shark mouth markings incorporate the black of the fuselage underside around the teeth to both ease placement and guard against the black of the underside bleeding through.

The decals on the main sheet are normal silk-screen printed ones we are used to and have been "Printed in Mexico". They are sharply printed and in perfect register

The placement guide shows appropriate side views of both machines on the front and full instructions of how to care for and apply the laser-printed decals on the back.

The placement guide and decal sheets are packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
AeroMaster's website shows this sheet at USD$12.00 which I think is a reasonable price for what they are providing.


Thanks to Eagle Strike / Aeromaster  for the review samples

Review Text Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 23 December, 2005
Last updated 22 December, 2005

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