Not too long ago I reviewed a different set of decals from Bombshell with the same theme but for a different aircraft and they proved to be everything good I wrote about them and more. This series of decals are specifically for these particular P-47’s, which incorporate two separate sets – Part 1 and Part 2. I am reviewing Part-2, which contains more of the famous icons in the field of “Nose Art”. This set depicts “Rain-Dear” and “Phil Darling” and has a couple of beauties ready to be displayed and to enhance your scale model. Looking very close at these decals, you can see that the registry is spot on and the colors are fantastic with no bleed through and the details are sharp and crisp. As with other sets from Bombshell, the decals have minimal carrier film and are somewhat thin which allows them to conform easy but strong enough to not tare with proper handling. These decals are manufactured by Cartograf of Italy whose reputation precedes them as being one of the best makers of decals.
Bombshell also adds a nice touch by way of their website. A PDF Walk-Around / research of the two aircraft from the first set of this series (Part-1) is also available to download for free. I hope Bombshell will do this not only for Part-1 of this set but also for Part-2 and the other sets of decals that are sold through them. The information provided to the modeler is invaluable because the PDF not only provides detailed pictures of the aircraft, but also a story about the a/c and its pilots.
I would definitely recommend these decals based on the quality and good reproduction, and for the price you get decals for two aircraft and other free info when you visit the website. I would like to thank Michael and Cheryl Kloppenburg for supplying a copy of the P-47 series of decals and IPMS/USA for allowing me to review them.