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Oriental Liberators

Part Two

Fancy Art

1/48 scale




S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description: 48-743 Oriental Liberators Part Two - 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


More China based B-24s of the 308th Bomb Group from AeroMaster Products with laser-printed nose art, well at least one of them has!

The first option on the sheet is B-24J-25-CO 42-73257 'Zoot Chute' of the 425th Bomb Squadron. This machine is in olive drab over neutral grey camouflage with the 425th's yellow striped rudders, yellow bomb log and white embryonic shark mouth group markings. The nose art is a normal silk screen printed decal and it depicts a bomb carrying rabbit using his trousers as parachute with the words "Zoot Chute".

The other option is B-24J-180-CO 44-40779 "Willie Mak'er" from the 375th Bomb Squadron. "Willie Mak'er" wears an unusual scheme of natural metal finish upper surfaces with black undersides with a thin white band between the black of the undersides and the natural metal of the fuselage sides. Her rudders carry the very dark blue and white vertical stripe Squadron markings (supplied as decals) and she bears unusual nose art of a cartoon Sad Sack chasing a flying blonde who has propellers on her nipples (I told you it was unusual!).
The main part of the nose art is a silk screen decal whilst the blonde is a laser-printed decal that is overlaid on the white of the silk screen decal to complete the nose art. Two of the same laser-printed images are supplied in case of accidents in the application/sealing process as these laser-printed decals are fragile.

The sheet carries a single set of national insignia and propeller stencils/logos for both machines.

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.

As with the Part I of the Oriental Liberators, this sheet is also listed at USD$12.00 which I think is a reasonable price for what is provided.


Thanks to Eagle Strike / Aeromaster  for the review samples

Review Text Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 04 January, 2006
Last updated 04 January, 2006

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