72016, German Tanks in Italy Part 1, 1943-44. 1/72nd-scale water-slide decal sheet with instructions.
This set contains enough material to mark a total of 17 complete models, which include a wide variety of types of AFVs. These are: three Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.Gs, four Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.Hs, two StuG.III Ausf.Gs, two Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.Js and one Ausf.M, two Tiger Is, one each Marder II and Marder III, and finally, a single Italian-built Semovente da 75/18.
All vehicles have some form of unique marking applied such as a vehicle name, divisional or regimental insignia (or both), as well as the more typical items such as Tac numbers and Balkenkreuze national insignia. Units represented include: 16. and 24.Panzer-Divisionen, Panzer-Regiment and Fallschirm-Panzer-Division “Hermann Göring”, 15.Panzer-Grenadier-Division, 1.SS-Panzer-Division and 16.SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division, 71.Infanterie-Division, Panzer-Kompanie ‘Meyer” and s.Pz.At.501.
Some of the markings represent AFVs that I have longed to see catered for. These include the “three in a shield” seen on a Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G of 15.Panzer-Grenadier-Division and the StuG.III Ausf.G of 16.SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division that had “SS” runes and a unique black/white Balkenkreuze national insignia style.
Printed by Begemot in Russia, the detail in this small scale is quite crisp. Where applicable, registration is excellent, while color saturation is also uniformly excellent. Each design has thin, clear and matte carrier film, which is as closely-cropped to the edges as is possible. The instructions consist of two and a half pages, with many subjects presented in multiple full and scrap views. The drawings show camouflage patterns and unique stowage items, as well as other features; colors are also called out. Each design is numbered and there is a separate “map” that is to be used to identify all of them. Finally, reference sources are provided, to include published books and internet sites.
Braille Scale modelers are enjoying a resurgence in the number of new kits offered by major manufacturers, which have been followed by the issue of after-market accessories to embellish said kits. Those modelers who have been searching for markings that are a bit different than what is supplied in the kit’s box, should certainly consider this latest sheet from Bison.
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