This latest release from Lifelike Decals decal sheet features two different P-47’s one of which is “Tarheel Hal”, the natural metal P-47D bubbletop flown by Lt. Ike Davis of the 366 FS, 358 FG in probably May 1945 at Sandhofen, Germany. The other P-47D, an OD and neutral gray razorback (not reviewed here) is “Lil LO” flown by Major Henry B. Kucheron of the 354 FS, 355 FG in early 1945 at Steeple Morden, England.
“Tarheel Hal” has a blue background with white stares and yellow trim. The blue area needs to be masked and painted unlike the 1/48th scale decals available which has the blue area as part of the decal marking. There also is a decal for the underside of the model which is blue trimmed in red and white. The quality of these decals is of very good quality. The decals themselves are clearly printed and in perfect register. You get a full set of stencils, which have a placement layout. Small stencils even in 1/32ndscale can sometime distract from the overall appearance of a model if they are not in perfect register and some modelers may want to get the stencils from another sheet, Some larger decals come in 2 layers to ensure perfect registration. You can also get vinyl masks to assist in masking and painting “Tarheel Hal”.
I would like to thank IPMS/USA and Lifelike decals for providing me with this review sample.