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Lifelike Decals

Lifelike Decals 1/48 Messerschmitt Me 109 Part 1 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2005 Manufacturer Lifelike Decals
Subject Messerschmitt Me 109 Part 1 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48002 Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $11.75

First Look

Lifelike Decals from Japan turns out some colorful and nicely printed subjects. In this set, we have four distinctive Messerschmitts. These are a combination of Bf 109E/F/G examples.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 Messerschmitt Bf 109

This decal set provides markings for four aircraft:

  • Bf 109E-1, 6./JG 77, Yellow 5, Hans Troitzsch
  • Bf 109F-4, I./JG.3, White 111, Helmut Mertens
  • Bf 109G-2/R6, 1./JG 77, White 1, Wolfdieter Huy
  • Bf 109G-6, Commander, II./JG 51, Karl Hammelt

The color profiles inside provide top, bottom and side views of the subjects, and these Japanese-made decals are have not been made 'politically correct' as the swastikas are present on the decals and in the profiles. Bravo Lifelike! The four Messerschmitt variants are all available from Hasegawa, while companies like Tamiya, Hobbycraft and others have produced one or more of these particular variants.

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!