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P-47 Thunderbolt Part II

 

 

 

Sky Models Decals

 

 

S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number: 48-040
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: One 8.5" x 6" decal sheet; small supplementary sheet (2.25" x 1.75") and instructions.
Price: USD$8.95 from Pacific Coast Models
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Large selection (13 aircraft) and great value; wide and colourful variety of markings; thinly printed; glossy finish; react well to setting and softening solutions; halftone nose art markings supplied on small separate sheet
Disadvantages: Instructions could be better; no red-outline national markings supplied; dot-screen visible under strong magnification on half-tone art
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

Sky Models Decals release their latest sheet of Thunderbolt markings just in time for Tamiya's new 1/48 scale P-47 "Razorback" kit.

Although not specifically designed for the Tamiya kits, the sheet does offer seven interesting options for the Razorback variant in additon to five for bubbletop "D"s and a single P-47N. All the Razorbacks are finished in Olive Drab and Neutral Gray and all (except one) have white ID markings. What distinguishes each aircraft is the nose and/or fuselage art. All the remaining aircraft are in natural metal with plenty of colour splashed around noses and tails. Several options include invasion stripes, and all feature nose art too.

Three of the nose art options are supplied as dot-screen prints on a small separate sheet. This permits the depiction of half-tones. Reproduction is pretty good, although the dot screen is noticeable under strong magnification.

National markings are supplied for two aircraft. However, the style of stars and bars with the red outline, required for two of the marking options, are not supplied. This is a bit of a nuisance as they are not supplied in the Tamiya kit either. Looks like a trip to the spares box will be required! Also, only a single size of wing markings are supplied. Check you references carefully to make sure that the early, large markings were not applied to your choice of subject.

Stencils are provided for a single aircraft.

The decals are beautifully printed by Cartograf with almost no excess carrier film. As I have stated in other reviews of Sky Model Decals, the printing is almost luxurious.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Sky Models Decals' 1/48 scale P-47 Thunderbolt sheet is great timing for the brand new Tamiya Razorback, but has plenty of colourful potential for five bubbletop "D"s and even one P-47N.

In common with the other sheets in this series, with markings for 13 aircraft, it is also outstanding value!

Recommended.

Thanks to Pacific Coast Models for the review sample.


Sky Models Decals are available from Pacific Coast Models Website


Review Copyright 2002 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 04 January, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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