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Tigers in Tunisia Decals

 

Trakz

(A Division of the VLS Corporation)

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue No. and Description Item TX 0078
Price: USD$8.95 from VLS Website
Contents and Media: 1 x decal sheet (210mm x 95mm)
Scale: 1/35
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Good selection of options supplied for Tunisian early Tigers; includes several style of balkenkreuz and smaller markings; authentic "carefully hand-painted" look; thin carrier film; perfect registration
Disadvantages: No instructions - reference will be helpful.
Recommendation: Recommended.

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

Decals for model aircraft continue to be released at an ever-increasing rate, but alternate markings for 1/35 scale military vehicles are still comparatively rare.

Trakz has produced a new decal sheet that will be helpful for anyone building Tamiya or Academy's 1/35 scale Tiger I (early) kits. It provides options for 6 specific vehicles, plus 2 sets of digits 4,7,3,1,8,2 and 3 in Red with thin white outline. Specific vehicle markings include Tiger 712 in large red and white digits; 142 and 112 in small white digits; and 142, 132 and 141 in large white outline style.

The markings convey the impression of carefully hand-painted digits, with subtle variations and irregularities. They do look great.

These vehicles were painted in German Sand-Olive prior to their dispatch to Tunisia, but were later repainted (probably in captured Olive Drab) to suit the greener terrain. Note that the white-outline digits of S.Pz.Abt 501 were painted around - the interior of the digits remained the Sand-Olive colour.

Sufficient national markings are provided for four vehicles. The unusual proportions of the crosses are correctly depicted in these decals.

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

Instructions are not supplied, but references on these Tunisian Tigers is readily available.

Recommended.

Thanks to VLS Creations for the review sample
 


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

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