LPS Hobby 72-12: USAAF Camouflaged P-51D Part 1
Units: See review


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Scott Van Aken

This is the first in the latest batch of new decals from LPS Hobby in Brazil. This sheet for camouflaged Mustangs and all of them are with the 357 FG. They are OD over Neutral Grey, though the instructions do state that these planes were delivered in unpainted metal so they could be British paints.

The sheet contains enough insignia and data markings for one of the three options. However, you could use the kit decals to do others. This sheet is designed for the Tamiya 1/72 P-51D, but you may well be able to use others. All the various stripes on the wings or fuselage will need to be painted as will the red on the spinner.

First option is 'Mary Alice', with the 363 FS in the fall of 1944. It was flown by Capt. Atlee Manthoe

Next is Frenesi (pronounced free and easy), this one with the 364 FS in June 1944. Note that this one does not have the fin fillet. It also has a bare metal upper antenna mast and windscreen frame. This one has the under wing invasion stripes lightly painted over, but those on the gear door have not.

FInally, John England's 'Missouri Armada' with the 362 FS. This was also from the fall of 1944.

Some of these options have been on sheets before, but those portrayed here take care of inaccuracies in the older sheets. The instructions are in full color and provide additional information on each plane. The decals themselves are produced by Microscale so are viable with just about any setting solution. As a final note, I have darkened the sheet so that the white bits are more easily seen.

May 2014

Thanks to LPS Hobby for the review sheet. You can find these at www.lpshobby.com.

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