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35006, FV107 Scimitar. 1/35th-scale water-slide decal sheet containing markings for 8 complete models, plus instructions. Price: $9.00 USD, plus shipping.
One of the most successful light armored vehicles to be fielded in the last 40 years is the CVR(T)-series (Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance, Tracked), produced by the UK. It has been seen in many variations and has been used by a number of other nations; in addition it has seen combat throughout the world, beginning in the 1982 Falklands War, up through the current War against Terrorism. The designs on this sheet will allow the modeler to replicate eight different FV-107 Scimitar light reconnaissance tanks in the service of the British Army, as seen from 1982 through 1997.
Markings are included for the following:
Blues and Royals, Falklands Islands 1982.
Staffordshire Regiment, Operation Desert Sabre 1991.
9th/12th Lancers, Bosnia 1992.
Queens Royal Hussars, Bosnia 1997.
Royal Light Dragoons, Bosnia 1996.
The Light Infantry, Bosnia 1996.
Queens Dragoon Guard, Bosnia 1997.
Unidentified unit and time, Bosnia.
One Scimitar is painted in overall white for United Nations service, while the remainder are painted either desert sand or two-tone dark green and black. Many of these subjects feature regimental coats-of-arms, various geometric and alphanumeric Tac signs; IFOR, UN and SFOR logos also adorn several vehicles. The white UN vehicle features a UN flag on one antenna; the globe insignia is given, with the intention being that the modeler creates the remainder of the flag. The same tank also carries the Union Jack, but no decal is given for it; finally, it also carries a black Native American head, for a very interesting combination of markings. The Desert Rat, palm tree, eagle in flight and the two-headed eagle common in central Europe are also provided for some of the other vehicles. All of this produces quite a variety in markings.
The only note of caution here is regarding the actual appearance of these tanks. There was loads of variety in stowage arrangements as well as vehicle fittings (head-lamp, drive sprocket and engine deck styles come to mind). So, a search through the listed references is highly recommended.
The instructions show multiple views of each subject, clearly showing markings placement. To supplement that, all designs have a number code, which matches a map on the instruction sheet. Notes on vehicle colors, as well as a list of reference sources complete the product.
Those modelers that may have an AFV Club or Accurate Armour kit of the Scimitar in the stash will certainly appreciate this offering. Likewise, modelers who have been considering getting hold of a kit may find the markings on this sheet all the best reason to do so.
Frank V. Curley Stooge De Sisto
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