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Mitsubishi A5M Pt.1

Lifelike Decals 1/48 Mitsubishi A5M Pt.1 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2018 Manufacturer Lifelike Decals
Subject Mitsubishi A5M Pt.1 Scale 1/48
Set Number 48053 Pros 12 distinctive options
Cons None noted Skill Level Basic
MSRP (Yen) 1800¥

First Look

Lifelike Decals from Japan turns out some colorful and nicely printed subjects. In this set, we have a part one of the Mitsubishi A5M (Claude) collection with a nice cross-section of units for the Fine Molds or Wingsy kits.

Mitsubishi A5M Pt.1 Mitsubishi A5M Pt.1

The subjects include:

  • A5M2b, 3-154, 12 Kokutai, KongDa AB, China, 1938
  • A5M4, W-100, Japan, 1939/40, as flown by Commander, Soryu Fighter Group
  • A5M4, W-107, Unknown, 1940/41, Soryu Fighter Group
  • A5M4, 9-151, 14 Kokutai, Nanning AB, China, 1939/40
  • A5M4, K-112, Kaga Fighter Group, South China Sea, 1938
  • A5M4, Akagi Fighter Group, Yokosuka AB, 1939, as flown by Flt Cdr Lt Cdr Shigehachiro Tokoro
  • A5M4, T-153, Tsuiki Kokutai, Tsuiki AB, 1942
  • A5M4, CII-102, Hosho Fighter Group, 1941/42
  • A5M4, CI-106, Zuihoi Fighter Group, Sasebo, 1941
  • A5M4, 3-186, Yokosuka Kokutai, Yokosuka AB, 1939
  • A5M4, 2_-103, Tainin Kokutai, Formosa, 1945
  • A5M4, _-130, Kasumigaura Kokutai, Matsushima AB, 1944

This set comes complete with a full set of national markings, distinctive unit markings, and basic airframe stenciling. You can purchase these decals directly from Lifelike Decals. My sincere thanks to Lifelike Decals for this review sample!