Messerschmitt Bf-109 Decals Part 4

Published: August 31st, 2012     
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Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner Jr. - IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/72
Company: Lifelike Decals
Price: $16.50
Product / Stock #: 72-020
Product provided by: Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals has presented us with another sheet on the Me-109. This sheet features some colorful aircraft of various types so you can use this sheet on numerous models.

The instructions are printed on two single-sided A4 sheets in full color. The one thing I like is that Lifelike isn't afraid to offer an educated guess when some marking are in question. They let you know what is speculative and how they came to their conclusions. Very professional, and a non-pompous way to do business. There is a separate sheet for the stencils that cover the Emil and Gustav versions.

There are two decal sheets. The decals are in perfect register and very thin. They appear to have good color opacity as well. The larger of the two carries most of the markings, while the smaller one carries the individual and kill markings. There appears to be enough National markings to do all the aircraft with enough stencils to do one machine.

There are four aircraft included on the instructions - a G-6/AS, E-3, G-2/Trop, and a G-5/AS. You can have fun with any number of kits, especially the Fine Molds ones.

The first aircraft is a G-6/AS from 10(N) Moskito/JG300 in 1944. The aircraft, "White 1", is in RLM 74/75/76 and sports a comet nose and a narrow red band on the rear fuselage. The other thing that will set this aircraft apart is the right lower wing is black, so you'll definitely stand out.

The next aircraft is an E-3 from JG-26 flown by the Adjutant. The aircraft is camouflaged in RLM 71/02/65. What is unique is the camo pattern extends halfway down the fuselage side. It also has a very unique Adjutant marking on the side, resembling an "A".

The G-2/Trop that is the third aircraft belongs to Hptm. Heinz Bar. The markings are rather normal as far as the theater and chevrons goes. Bar's personal emblem is below the cockpit, consisting of a lion leaping out of the coat of arms of Leipzig. This is the only time I've ever seen these markings in decal form.

The final aircraft is a personal favorite of mine, the G-5/AS belonging to Maj. Gunther Specht. It is very unique in the application of it camouflage. Besides having the impressive kill markings on the tail, the aircraft carries the JG11 Starke Mann emblem on both sides. It was once thought that this airplane carried white markings on the wings, but current research does not support this. I will do this machine someday soon.

Colorful, quality decals and full-color instructions. There is not a whole lot more you can do to make these decals any better.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Lifelike for the review copy and IMPS/USA for the review opportunity.

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