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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI

Parts 1 & 2

Decal Sheets in 1/72 Scale



Lifelike Decals 



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIe - 72-006 Part 1 and 72-007 Part 2
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: Each set has an A5 sized, two page card instruction sheet with four port side profiles; notes for each aircraft including some history; upper and lower views of the subjects including starboard side views where the marking are different; a full page stencil placement drawing; two decal sheets (one, 140X110mm, has all the main marking for each aircraft and the other, 90X70mm, has the stencils).
Price: Unknown at this time
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Colourful and interesting subjects; well printed (including metallic gold) and in register; detailed stencil data supplied; great coverage of an otherwise neglected subject;
Recommendation: Highly Recommended.


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Reviewed by Glen Porter


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These sheets, by Lifelike Decals, have already been released in 1/48 scale and have been reviewed by Roger Kelly here on Hyperscale. In that review, Roger criticized the red colour in some of the national markings and Lifelike admitted they had made a mistake in their research. I can find no fault with the red in any of the 1/72 scale examples so I have to assume that Lifelike has corrected the error. That doesn't give me much to talk about.

I would suggest, if you want more info on exactly what's in each sheet, read Roger's highly detailed review, just ignore the bit about the red. It is not relevant here.

The decals themselves are printed by Microscale so they all have perfect register, colour density and minimum carrier film as you would expect. Not much more I can say there.

All eight aircraft are Mk.XVIe bubble tops and the kit recommended by Lifelike is the Heller Mk. XVI.

Now, it's not so long ago that modellers were complaining that there were no good Mk.IX/XVI razorbacks in 1/72 scale on the market and others where going to great lengths to write articles on kit-bashing the Heller Mk.XVIe with other kits to get one.

Now the situation is reversed. We have the excellent Hasagawa Mk.VIII/IX razorback and, lets face it, the Heller kit is getting a bit long in the tooth. Of course, it would not be hard to convert the Hasagawa kits from razer back to bubble top but you would still have the E wing to contend with. As far as I know, all the Hasagawa kits have the C wing.

I think it would be a shame to waste these excellent decals on the old but sill accurate Heller kit. I would prefer to wait in the hope that some-one will either produce a conversion or a brand new kit of the bubble top Spitfire Mk.XVIe.

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 February, 2006
Last updated 01 February, 2006

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