Eduard 1/48 Tamiya P-38F/G Decals
This great decal sheet is for Tamiya's new P-38 kit. It covers 5 Lockheed P-38F/G aircraft in service during 1943. All four Lightnings on this sheet are Olive Drab over Neutral Gray. The aircraft are as follows:
1) "White 16", P-38F-5-LO, s/n 42-12633, flown by Capt. Robert L. Faurot, 39th FS, 35th FG, Port Moresby, New Guinea, January 1943. This P-38 had blue spinners and tail boom bands, shark mouths on both engine nacelles and nose art on both sides of the cockpit pod.
2) "White UNG", P-38G-15-LO, s/n 41-7654, flown by Lt. James Hagenback, 94th FS, 1st FG, 12th AF, Monserrato, Sardinia, 1943. This plane had red spinners and wingtips, "bat face" nose art on the cockpit pod and the words "Bat Out Of Hell" on both tail booms. The national insignia have white bars.
3) "White 99", P-38G-13, s/n 43-2204, Lt. John G. O'Neill, 9th FS, 49th FG, 5th AF, Dobodura, New Guinea, November 1943. This P-38 had red spinners and red/white tail boom bands and bawdy nose art on the cockpit pod. The national insignia have white bars.
4) "White HV-C", P-38F-15-LO, s/n 43-2166, 27th FS, 1st FG, 2nd AF, Tunisia, Summer 1943. This P-38 had red spinners, extensive cockpit pod mission markings and the national insignia have white bars and a red surround.
5) "Yellow I ", P-38G-15, s/n 43-2384, 80th FS, 8th FG,5th AF, Dobodura, New Guinea, Autumn 1943. This P-38 had green spinners and with a thin white band and the fin/ rudder tops are also green with thin white bands . The cockpit pod nose is over painted dark green with risque nose art.
The decals are up to Eduard's customary standards. They are crisply printed, fully legible, in register and have excellent color. A complete set of stencils is also included.
Tamiya's new P-38 is a highly detailed and accurate kit. If olive drab P-38s appeal to you Eduard gives you 5 interesting options on this new decal sheet. I recommend these decals and I would like to thank Eduard for the review sample.
P-38 in Detail & Scale, D & S volume 57, Part 1: XP-38 Through P-38H, by Bert Kinzey, Squadron/Signal Publications, 1998