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P-47D Thunderbolt

Part 2

1/48 Scale



Lifelike Decals 



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 48-009 - Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Part 2
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Each set includes 1 x A5 sized decal sheet; 1 x smaller sheet with national markings; 1 x full colour double-sided A-4 instruction sheet; 1 x single-sided A5 sized stencil placement guide
Price: USD$12.50 from model retailers worldwide
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Colourful and interesting subjects; well printed and in register; detailed stencil data supplied; excellent colour reference; very high quality presentation.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended.


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Reviewed by Mick Evans


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Lifelike Decals new release of Republic P47D Thunderbolt Part 2 48-009 is a sequel to 48-008 and is also printed to a very high standard that we have come to expect from Microscale Industries who perform the decal printing.

The decals are in perfect register and are sharply printed. The carrier film is very thin and should disappear under a coating of clear finish. The artwork for the nose art has been well defined with all of the data decals being readable.

The colour reference sheet provided is printed on heavy paper and is excellent, giving good colour reference and decal placement for both sides of the aircraft where necessary. A good amount of written data and plenty of referenced material is also listed.

Markings are supplied for three aircraft in very striking schemes is listed below.

  • P-47D-30-RA 44-33240 Tarheel Hal IA-N flown by LT Ike Davis of the 366FS, 358FG, probably in May 1945 based at Sandhoffen Germany. The Aircraft is finished in natural metal of various shades with a Dark Blue upper deck anti glare trim with star spangles. The nose cowl ring is finished in orange and yellow, with the cowl flaps finished in orange, white and blue, (no reference is given for these colours). The fin and tail plane are also finished in orange. This is a very attractive scheme but difficult to describe in text.

  • P-47D-5-RE 42-8434 Lil lo WR-U flown by Maj Henry B Kucheman of the 354FS, 355FG in early 1944 based at Steeple Morden England. The Aircraft is finished in Olive Drab over Neutral Gray with a natural metal cowling. The nose art is by well renown 355FG artist Arthur De Costa with winged angel Miss Behave on both sides.

  • P-47D-30-RE 44-20392 flown by Lt Walter Grabowski of the 511FS, 405FG in May 1945 based at Kitzingen Germany. The Aircraft is finished in natural metal of various shades with an Olive Drab upper deck anti glare trim, yellow and natural metal engine cowl flaps, and a yellow nose cowl and canopy frame.

Highly Recommended

Thanks to Keishiro Nagao of Lifelike Decals for the review sample.

Lifelike Decals are available by email at lifelike@eos.ocn.ne.jp or from

2-8-7-202, Kameari, Katsushika, Tokyo 125-0061, Japan
fax: +81-3-5680-6733


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This Page Created on 01 April, 2005
Last updated 01 April, 2005

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