North American P-51 Mustang Pt.3 - “Big Beautiful Doll” Special
Lifelike Decals, 1/72 scale
Reviewed by David Couche
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Lifelike Decals have produced some great decal sets over the last few years. The quality of their printing, and I have used them before, is always exceptional. Always in perfect register, thin yet quite hardy to work with and they set down well into detail really well with Micro Sol/Set (from experience).
North American P-51 Mustang Pt.3 “Big Beautiful Doll” Special
John D Landers mount(s) are possibly the best known of all the Mustang schemes. Who can’t remember the big Airfix super kit with his aircraft on the box! Lifelike have produced a set of his various mounts and variety of schemes he flew ‘BBD” with, in gentleman scale.
As with the previous sets, the instructions and profiles consist of an A4 folded sheet with an A5 sheet of the stencil layout. The decal sheet is a single A5 sheet with all schemes and stencils on it.
Landers flew 2 different P-51D Mustangs and changed the scheme on them a number of times. The schemes are;
P-51D-5-NA, 44-13923 “Big Beautiful Doll”, flown by Major John D Landers, Commander 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group, Wormingford, England, August 1944
P-51D-5-NA, 44-13923 “Big Beautiful Doll”, flown by Lt Col. John D Landers, Commander, 357th Fighter Group, Leiston, England, Nov/Dec 1944
P-51D-20-NA, 44-72218 “Big Beautiful Doll”, flown by Lt Col. John D Landers, Commander, 78th Fighter Group, Duxford, England, Mar/April 1945
P-51D-20-NA, 44-72218 “Big Beautiful Doll”, flown by Col. John D Landers, Commander, 78th Fighter Group, Duxford, England, May/June 1945
P-51D-20-NA, 44-72218 “Big Beautiful Doll”, flown by Col. John D Landers, Commander, 361st Fighter Group, Little waldon, England, July 1945
Also of note is that the notes specify the type of tyres these 2 aircraft had, block tread for the earlier airframe and diamond for the later aircraft.
Lifelike Decals gives us some interesting new schemes. A great set decals the covers the many variations of John D Landers “Big Beautiful Doll” aircraft over a period of time.
Thanks to Lifelike Decals for these samples.
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3 December, 2018
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