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Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals 1/48 244th Sentai Part 1 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2005 Manufacturer Lifelike Decals
Subject 244th Sentai Part 1 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48003 Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) Sold Out

First Look

Lifelike Decals from Japan turns out some colorful and nicely printed subjects. In this set, we have eight aircraft from the 244th Sentai, all Ki-61-I Hien (Tony) with a mix of Hei, Tei, and Otsu variants.

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This decal set provides markings for eight aircraft:

  • Ki-61-I-Hei Hien, '295', Capt. Kobayashi
  • Ki-61-I-Tei Hien, '24', Capt. Kobayashi
  • Ki-61-I-Tei Hien, '24', Lt. Takashima
  • Ki-61-I-Hei Hien, '43', Cpl. Ishioka
  • Ki-61-I-Hei Hien, Cpl. Suzuki
  • Ki-61-I-Tei Hien, '57', Lt. Shimomiya
  • Ki-61-I-Tei Hien, '57', pilot unknown
  • Ki-61-I-Otsu Hien, '45', Cpl. Ando

According to the instructions, you can build the Otsu and Hei from the Arii kit, while the Tei can be done from the Hasegawa kit. Note that Hasegawa has released the Hei since these instructions were written.

As you can see in the decal image, this set comes complete with a full set of national markings, distinctive unit markings, and a wealth of maintenance stencils. If you're looking for a colorful alternative that isn't from the mainstream Superscale/Eagle Strike/Aeromaster line-up, here is a nice way to be different!

You can purchase these decals directly from Lifelike Decals. My sincere thanks to Lifelike Decals for this review sample!


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