B-25 Mitchell Pt. 1
Lifelike Decals, 1/72 scale
Reviewed by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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Some of the most colorful marking schemes were carried by B-25s in the European and Pacific theaters of operations. While these have been well covered by various decal manufacturers in 1:48 scale, there have been few options in 1:72 scale since the demise of Aeromaster.
Thankfully, Likelike Decals from Japan has stepped into the void to offer a new line of high-quality decals for B-25s. Each sheet contains a generous selection of markings for a variety of variants.
Part one of the series provides markings for no less than five subjects covering B-25C, D and strafer nose J models. They will be very useful for application on the new Airfix line of B-25s or to dress up the Hasegawa or even the old Italeri kits which are still quite nice.
The decal sheets in my sample are printed in perfect register by Microscale with one set of nose art by Cartograf. They look thin and the colors appear to be spot on. They appear to be thin and should conform well to surface details using the tried and true Microscale finishing system of the blue label setting solution and red label softener. Be sure to add plenty of water under the Cartograf marking, if used, as these tend to grab quickly onto the surface without it.
There appear to be enough markings to do at least two of the subjects on the sheet, though you will need to select different variants and it may be necessary to source extra prop logos and small stencils.
All in all, this is a great option to do some very attractive markings for this famous warbird. I am really glad to see Lifelike providing options in this scale and especially with such quality.
Thanks to Lifelike Decals for these samples.
Text and Images Copyright © 2020 by Floyd S. Werne Jr.
Page Created 22 January, 2020
22 January, 2020
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