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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Part 4

Lifelike Decals, 1/48 Scale


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: 48-011 - Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Part 4
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 Floyd S. Werner Jr.


F i r s t   L o o k

Late model P-47s are the subject of this decal sheet from Lifelike Decals. With the release of the new P-47M from Tamiya these decals are right on time. The Tamiya P-47M allows you to make any late model P-47D or M.

The first P-47D-30 is “Arizona Lorraine” from the 368FG in 1944. The yellow markings are what set these markings apart. The noseband is yellow and it flows back to a lightning bolt on the fuselage sides. On top of that the yellow on the fin fillet is outlined in red and the yellow on top of the tail makes this one colorful machine. Just when you think you’ve seen the gaudiest Thunderbolt another one comes out.

The next D-30 is fro the 358th FG, frequently called the orange tail outfit. Sporting an all red cowling and an all orange tail section this is one colorful machine. It named “Ole Trapper IV” and coded CP-R. The kill markings are unique in that the first four are swastikas in red and reversed while the rest of them are black iron crosses, while the last one is a locomotive. The canopy frame and antenna are painted white. The OD anti-glare panel curves down in the front. The fin fillet is also OD.

The final aircraft is a P-47M from the 56th FG. It is the last aircraft flown my Col. David Schilling in 1945. Even as the CO of the 56th Schilling’s aircraft is painted up like the 62 FS with British dark green and gray over natural metal undersides and leading edges. The red nose and yellow tail make a nice looking M. The markings are in yellow as are the wheel caps.

There are two sheets of decals, one for the individual markings and the other for the national markings. A template is included for the “Arizona Lorraine” tail markings. The decals are thin, opaque, in register, and printed by Microscale so you know they will work with the Microscale system.

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


Text Copyright © 2006 by Floyd Werner
This Page Created on 16 February, 2006
Last updated 16 February, 2006

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