LPS Hobby is a Brazilian company that has added three more 1:72 scale Republic P-47D decal sets to their growing line. Set # LPM72-15 provides markings for three Razorback Thunderbolts of the 8th Air Force. The set includes three small decal sheets that provide all of the unique markings for the three aircraft and enough national insignias and stencil data to do all three.
As the photos below illustrate, the decals are nicely printed in vivid, opaque colors by Microscale and everything is well registered. They are printed on thin film and, like other Microscale decals, should respond well to mild setting solutions such as Mr. Mark Softer. It is recommend that the decals be applied by ‘floating’ them in place with enough water to keep them from bonding to the surface before they are properly positioned…then gently blotted when they are in place.
The three aircraft are:
- P-47D-11-RE, s/n 42-75242, piloted by Capt. Michael Quirk, 61stFS, 56FG, based in Halesworth, England, in March, 1944
- P-47D-11-RE, s/n 42-75572, ‘Isabel’ flown by Major Charles N. Keppler, 375stFS, 361FG, based in Martesham Heath, England, Summer, 1944
- P-47D-10-RE, s/n 42-75120, ‘Mike IV’ flown by Major Winslow M. Sobanski, 334thFS, 4FG, in Debden, England, Summer 1944
This decal set is highly recommended to any 1/72 model builder who would like to build an 8th AF P-47D. My thanks to LPS Hobby for providing the product sample and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.