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1/72 Focke Wulf 190 Part 1 decal sheet

Product # 72-001 (also available in 1/48 48-001)

Product Article by Steve Bamford on Feb 7 2005

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Lifelike Decals is a Decal company out of Japan.  The owners have been involved in the researching of decal sheets for other companies for many years.  They have decided to create their own decal line.  Their first sheet is this one featuring Fw-190s including an Fw-190 A-3, Fw-190 A-7 and two Fw-190 D-9's.

The first plane on this decal sheet is a Fw-190 A-3 that was flown by Oblt. Erich Rudorffer, Staffelkapitan 6/JG2 out of Beaumont le Roger, France on Aug 19, 1942.  Rudorffer survived the war and had a total of 244 kills to his credit.  This particular plane is adorned with quite a few kill markings on it's yellow rudder.  This plane is painted in the standard RLM 74/75/76 paint scheme.  This plane has a "Yellow 1" on the side.

The second plane on this decal sheet is a Fw-190 A-7 that was flown by Obfw. Adolf Glunz, 5/JG26 out of Camblai-Epinog, France 1943.  This plane is painted in the standard grey paint scheme and wears the number white 9. 

The third plane on this decal sheet is a Fw-190 D-9 that was flown by Oberst Hans Ulrich Rudel, Kdore. SG 2 out of Grossenhain, Germany in April 1945.  Oberst Hans Ulrich Rudel,  the only recipient of the Golden Oak Leaves to Ritterkreuz, flew Fw 190 F-8 and D-9 around the end of the war.  This plane is painted in the customary RLM 83/75/76 paint scheme. 

The fourth plane on this decal sheet is a Fw-190 D-9 that was flown by Unter-offizer Gunter Rey, 11/JG54 out of Furstenau Germany on Jan 1 1945.  This plane is painted in the customary RLM 83/75/76 paint scheme and has the number Yellow 11 on the side.  Also of note is the artwork featuring the Cologne Cathedral and the Cologne coat of arms. 

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The quality of these decals is quite pleasing.  The carrier film in nicely limited around the decals.  the decals themselves are clearly printed and in perfect register.  The colour of the decals appear solid enough to prevent paint showing through the decals.

You can purchase these decals either directly from Lifelike Decals at fax number is +81-3-5680-6733, and e-mail is lifelike@eos.ocn.ne.jp. or from HobbyLink Japan.  

Other shops that stock Life like Decals are *Hannants/UK, *Mister Kit/Italy, *Revi (publisher)/Czech Republic, *SkyGrid/Canada, *Roll Models/USA, *Great Models Webstore/USA, *FlightDecs/Canada, *Victory Models/USA
*M & Models/USA, *Zed Hobbies/Australia, *AB &S Enterprise/Australia, *Desert Miniature/USA 

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I highly recommend these decals to anyone interested in building a Fw 190.  

I would like to thank Lifelike Decals for providing me with this review sample.

Steve  

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Photos and text by Steve Bamford

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