Fokker D.VII Decals Part 2

Published: April 22nd, 2013     
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Decal Profiles
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/32
Company: Lifelike Decals
Price: $16.25
Product / Stock #: 32-017
Product provided by: Lifelike Decals

The latest release from Wingnut Wings is the family of Fokker D.VIIs. These late-war beauties are beautifully adorned with artwork and colors. So Lifelike has decided to offer some unique decal options for the modeler.

Lifelike's website is always updated with things that may have changed since decals have been released. It is nice that they offer updated decals when the markings are found to be different than those included in the original release. Does this mean that Lifelike Decals is wrong? No, not at all. Lifelike is not afraid to make educated guesses based on the latest information. When new information becomes available, they let you know what has changed. This is unlike any other decal supplier in the world. That is just the level of professionalism that Lifelike embodies.

The instructions are printed on two A4 single-sided sheets in full color. You get four views to each aircraft. It is here that you see the unique colors applied to these aircraft.

The decals themselves are printed by two of the best known decal makers in the world, Microscale and Cartograf. There are three sheets. The larger sheet has most of the individual markings in white, red and yellow. The middle-size sheet includes the skull and crossbones, as well as a coat of arms. Pay attention, as you will have to use some of the WNW fuselage and wing crosses. They are clearly indicated on the instructions.

The aircraft on this sheet are quite colorful. The first aircraft is a Fokker-built D.VII from Jasta 10 flown by Ltn. Friedrichs. The upper wing sports a yellow upper surface with green-surround crosses. The nose is also yellow with the streaked fuselage. It becomes apparent when reading the history of the markings that Lifelike is not your typical decal company. They go into the history of the pilot, and it adds a depth of knowledge that is never found in decals.

The second aircraft is an Albatross-built aircraft flown in Jasta 30 in the Summer of 1918. I love the orange color along the horizontal tail surfaces. There is a white comet on a large black field on the fuselage. It also has a light grey nose area.

The third aircraft is from Jasta 54, a Royal Saxon unit. The green and white striped tail will catch your eye every time. While it has a normal four color lozenge camouflage, it also sports the "giraffe" mauve and green on the nose. The stylized V and the skull and crossbones are reminiscent of the movie The Blue Max.

The final aircraft is quite unique, with a fuselage resplendent in bright green and with a red nose and yellow zigzag. The tail was outlined in red. It was flown by Lt. Friedrich Vollracht, who scored a couple of victories but continued to fly with ZG2 in WWII and scored another two victories.

The four aircraft will add some distinctive markings and colors to your Fokker. Lifelike is to be commended for offering markings for some very unique-looking aircraft. The decals are perfectly in register and color and printed by the world's best decal companies. Lifelike continues to be one of my favorite decal manufacturers. Not only do you get the great decals, but you also get history lessons.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Lifelike Decals for the review copy and IPMS-USA for the opportunity to review it.

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