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35043, Suez 1956. 1/35th-scale water-slide decal sheet containing markings for 8 complete models, plus instructions. Price: $9.00 USD, plus shipping.
The so-called “Suez Crisis” of 1956 has garnered very little interest from modelers over the years, and that’s a real shame. Many interesting AFVs and other vehicles took part in the Anglo-French assault; quite a few are available in kit form, so these markings should have a certain appeal.
Coverage is given for two British Centurion Mk.3s (“Shake” and “Nassar’s Nightmare”), and a Willys Jeep with 105mm recoilless rifle. The French are covered with another Jeep (probably a Hotchkiss-produced version), a Universal Carrier (mislabeled as a “Bren Gun Carrier”), an LVT(A)4, an AMX-13 and an M47 “Patton” medium tank.
So, by and large, the selection is relatively wide and the markings interesting. Since the vehicles were hastily given various quick-identification markings such as turret stripes and large letters for their roof plates, all are fairly unique. Many have names or special insignia, with my favorite being the Sphinx marking seen on the French M47.
The markings themselves are crisply-printed and have excellent fine details. Color saturation is very good as is registration. Decal film is thin and matte. The instructions are well-done, include multiple views of each vehicle and in many cases depict special stowage items. Colors are called out and each decal design can be found by referring to a map on one page of the instructions. In addition, the manufacturer also gives a list of references used to create the markings schemes; this will help the modeler check for accuracy as well as vehicle-specific details.
Overall, like all products from this manufacturer, this set is well-thought out, excellently presented, and very good value for money spent. If modeling post-WW2 AFVs in unusual markings is what floats your boat, then this set is worth consideration.
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