Lifelike 48-056: Type 97 Fighters Part 4
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Scott Van Aken

This recent sheet from Lifelike Decals provides markings for nine different aircraft. These are all in a base color of Grey-Green #1, which the instructions state is very close to RLM 02. Two options have the upper surface painted in Nakajima Dark Green. Couple of things to note. If the aircraft has a fuselage hinomaru, then it has yellow wing leading edges. The second option has a tail wheel as the aircraft was used as a target tug. It would not be inaccurate to model it with the skid. For kits, I believe the Hasegawa/Mania kit is it for 1/48. This kit is not difficult to locate and is actually fairly nice considering its age.

First option is a plane with the 246 Sentai in Japan during December of 1942.

Aircraft 2 is also with the 246 Sentai, this time in February of 1943. Note that this aircraft has thin orange stripes surrounding the white bands.

The first dark green plane is from an unknown training unit based in Manchuria.

The fourth plane was with the 68th Shinbu-tai based at Tenryu Air Base in March of 1945.

Next is a 59th Sentai plane based at Hankou China during the end of 1938.

Option six is with the 13th Sentai based at Kakogawa Air Base in May of 1940

Number 7 is with the 18th Sentai at Chofu Air Base near Tokyo in early 1944. This plane also had white horizontal stabilizers

This set also includes some masks for those who wish to paint some of the lighting bolts on the fuselage side. Note that these are the 'you cut them out' type, though they are on masking material. The decals themselves are superbly printed by Microscale. There looks to be enough common markings for at least two options. A most welcome sheet and one that I think you will find most interesting and useful.

April 2021

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