Accessory, Bison 35015, WW2 British Shermans, Part 4
August 25 2007 at 12:13 PM
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35015, WW2 British Shermans, Part 4. Water-slide decals in 1/35th-scale, containing markings for 6 subjects, plus instructions.
Bison Decals continues to “pour it on” with markings for the M4 series of medium tanks, most recently with the emphases on variations used by the UK. This new set supplies markings for Shermans used in Normandy and Holland, as well as a single example seen in the UK just prior to the June 6, 1944 landings in Normandy.
This sheet provides markings for six variations of the M4 medium tank, as follows:
There is a good deal of variety and color seen in the given markings, to include the vehicle names, Tac numbers and the various divisional, brigade and AoS markings. “Fox”, the RMSG Mk.V has the compass point markings spread around the turret and will make a neat companion to the Tamiya kit of the Centaur from the same unit; it also has the red-white-red AFV recognition flashes seen in UK use since the battles in North Africa, for that added bit of color. Geometric squadron signs, Allied recognition signs, census numbers and bridge classification disks are seen as well, making for some very interesting schemes.
The markings are printed by Begemot in Russia. To my eye, the quality from this printer has been consistently excellent and this sheet is no different. Where needed, registration is very good; colors are well-saturated and the designs have crisp edges and nicely-rendered fine detail. The carrier film is thin, matte and cut close to the edges of the individual designs.
The instructions are typical for Bison in that they are well-drawn, with, in some cases, as many as five views of the particular tank. Another nice point is that the variety of wheel types from tank-to-tank are clearly depicted as are stowage items and track types. A list of consulted references is supplied as are color notes. While most depicted tanks are in their US-applied Olive Drab, the notes instruct the modeler to paint the RMSG Mk.V in Khaki Brown. It is generally accepted that the Centaurs assigned to this unit were in that color, but I wonder if the Shermans would have been re-painted in that color. But, I have no hard information that contradicts what Bison says in that regard.
Overall, Bison delivers a fine product, which, in this case, is bound to please fans of the M4 series, as well as modelers who have a “thing” for British armour.
Frank V. “Curley Stooge” De Sisto
Bison Decals are available direct from the manufacturer at: www.angelfire.com/pro/bison. For full-color images of the schemes depicted, see the manufacturer’s web-site.