Accessory, Bison BD-35033, French AFVs in Indochina 1946-54, Part 1
August 1 2006 at 6:44 PM
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BD-35033, French AFVs in Indochina 1946-54, Part 1. 1/35th-scale waterslide decals. Contains markings for 12 models and two pages of instructions. Price: $9.00 USD, plus $3.00 USD for air mail shipping worldwide, regardless of how many items ordered.
As part of their vain attempt to maintain their Imperial status after the Second World War, France sent conventional forces to Indochina (today’s Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia), including various tanks and AFVs. Almost all were ex-US items and included various types of M4 medium tanks, M5A1 and M24 light tanks, and various M4 off-shoots, such as the M36 90mm GMC. All of these types are catered to on this new Bison sheet. Markings are provided for the following:
Six M24 light tanks, called “Bison” by their French and indigenous crews; all are from “Escadron de Marche du 1er Régiment de Chasseurs à Cheval and except for one, all saw extensive action at the debacle known as the battle of Dien Bien Phu”:
• “22, Languedoc” (the only “Bison” not from the battle of Dien Bien Phu).
All of these vehicles were finished overall in the US-applied Olive Drab, with the tanks seen at Dien Bien Phu all camouflaged in unique styles using yellow ochre and red-brown; “22” is in plain OD.
• “El Alamein”.
“El Alamein” is marked as if it were a typical light tank seen in Europe (complete with circled map of France and Cross of Lorraine), and is from 2e Demi-Brigade. “Dragon” is a bit more plainly marked and aside from the name it has a red diamond with a Polish Piast eagle centered, in white; it hails from 5e Regiment de Cuirassiers. Both are finished in plain Olive Drab.
There are three Sherman variants as well as a single M36B2 90mm GMC, all from the RBCEO, “Regiment Blindé Colonial d’Extréme Orient”. They are all base painted in Olive Drab:
Aside from their individual names and vehicle serial numbers (“Matricules”), each carries the unique unit insignia that consisted of crossed cannon, an anchor and a knight’s helmet.
So, quality markings for a total of 11 tanks and a tank destroyer are given; not bad for the asking price! The decals are very well-printed from the Russian firm Begemot and are in perfect register. This is especially important for such designs as the Piast eagle and diamond, as well as the RBCEO insignia. The matricule numerals are printed in white over black backgrounds and again the edges are sharp and crisp. Color saturation is also excellent with the carrier film being thin and matte.
The instructions are clearly-drawn and include multiple views of most subjects. References are listed (several from Internet sources); it is recommended that these be consulted for maximum accuracy since details did differ between types. The instructions do show such things as track and road-wheel differences, but not for all vehicles.
This set offers excellent value for money since the modeler can mark as many as six models of differing types, without repeating anything; that’s excellent value. This is also a little-modeled subject area (the later US involvement is a more popular among modelers); therefore some fairly unique models will be the result of using this set.
Frank V. De Sisto
Bison products are available at retail and mail order shops and directly from the manufacturer at: www.angelfire.com/pro/bison. Visit their web site for images of reviewed items.