P-38J Decals

Published on
November 28, 2023
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Any 1:48 P-38J
Company: Iliad Design - Website: Visit Site
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Iliad Design P-38J Decals

Iliad Designs makes a bunch of decals with really great schemes in all the popular scales. The object of this set is the P-38J with several kits being available. I had a Tamiya kit looking for some markings so I jumped at the chance to review the decals.

Inside the package there is a single sheet of well printed decals with two full color instructions sheets with profiles of the plane and details associated with the plane as well as top and bottom profiles. There are markings for five planes covering everything from natural metal, OD over neutral gray and one with medium sea gray and a black bottom. Note that ONLY the markings are included. Stencils and all need to be sourced from the kit or elsewhere. The markings are:

  • P-38J, 79th FS, 20th FG June 1944, “Gentle Annie”

  • P-38J, 80th FS, 8th FG, New Guinea, Late 1944

  • P-38J 7th FG, United Kingdom, Experimental Intruder scheme (Medium Sea Grey and Black) “Miss Ann”

  • P-38J 7th FS, 20th FG, Kingcliffe, UK, Spring 1944 “My Dad”

  • P-38J 49thFS, 14th FG, Triolo Italy May 1944 “Jewboy”

I picked 'Jewboy' as it is a natural metal scheme with OD anti-glare panels. It also has some good exhaust staining on it from the turbo charger. The decals applied well. I used Microsol and then used Mr. Mark Softer and they settled well. They are thin but opaque and tough.

So, great subjects, great decals and they apply well. Highly recommended.

My thanks to Iliad Design and IPMS/USA for a chance to finish my 1/48 scale P-38’s with some great markings.


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