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Ferdinand / Elefant Markings



(A Division of the VLS Corporation)


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Catalogue No. and Description Item TX 0020
Price: USD$
Contents and Media: 1 x decal sheet (162mm x 110mm)
Scale: 1/35
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Large range of options supplied for S.Pz.Abt. 653 Ferdinands and Elefants; includes special campaign markings, unit markings and individual vehicle markings; thin carrier film; perfect registration
Disadvantages: No instructions - good reference will be required.
Recommendation: Recommended.


Reviewed by Brett Green




Decals for model aircraft are being released at a frightening rate over recent years, but alternate markings for 1/35 scale military vehicles are still comparitively rare.

Trakz has produced a new decal sheet that will be helpful for anyone building Dragon's recent 1/35 scale Ferdinand and Elefant kits. It provides options for 17 individual vehicles, plus some generic numbers. The markings include distinctive Operation Zitadelle campaign markings, S.Pz.Abt. 653 Kompanie markings and a few individual vehicle markings.

Sufficient national markings are provided for two vehicles, but many more will be possible with the addition of generic crosses.

Carrier film is extremely thin, and my sample was in perfect register - an important feature for the narrowly outlined red digits in some options.

The only disappointment is the absence of instructions. With the wide variety of camouflage patterns applied to Elefants and Ferdinands, a good reference source will be essential to get the most out of this set. The best, one-stop reference is undoubtedly "Combat History of Schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653" by Karlheinz Munch and published by J.J. Fedorowicz.


Thanks to VLS Creations for the review sample

These and other VLS products may be viewed at the VLS Website

Review and Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 08 June, 2003
Last updated 14 August, 2003

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