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Product Review: Archer Fine Transfers "Operation Iraqi Freedom" US Markings
Set No. AR35190, OIF M1A1, A2 Abrams Barrel Art; 15 sets of barrel names
and artwork; price $10.95
Set No. AR35191, USMC M1A1s in Iraq (OIF); Markings for three different
tanks; price $7.95
Set No. AR35192, 3ID Abrams in Iraq (OIF); complete markings for three
different tanks; price $10.95
Set No. AR35193, USMC Abrams in Iraq (OIF); markings for one complete M1A1
Rating: Highly Recommended
One of the great pleasures of AMPS every year is seeing Woody Vondracek
again and finding out what he has come up with over the course of the past
year. This year, Woody has not failed to amaze with his skills, and there
are four nice new sheets of US armored vehicles from the combat and
sustainment portions of "Operation Iraqi Freedom."
The four sheets provided here will work with any of the four current kits of
M1A1/M1A2 tanks produced by the major manufacturers (DML, Trumpeter, Italeri,
and Tamiya).The sheets and instructions vary.
Sheet 35190 has the barrel art and names for some 15 different tanks used in
Iraq, both US Army and USMC. The sheet is printed in black and white, but
since one vehicle named "Smoke Wagon" had a caricature of WB's Yosemite Sam
in full color (think the old "Back Off" mudflap design) a supplemental sheet
is provided with clear waterslide decals to ensure the best reproduction
(and keep the cost of the sheet from ballooning to $20 or more, due to
Sheet 35191 provides markings for two complete tanks, as one set of observed
markings (may have been unit markings and ergo two different tanks) has two
different names. These are the "run what you brung" M1A1 types painted in
NATO three-color schemes.
Sheet 35192 provides markings for Task Force 1-64 Armor with the shipping
code unit set markings still on the vehicles. For modelers, note that the
DML kit is the only one to come with the 1-64 Armor supplemental bustle
rack; it is NOT a Marine tank as was first thought. Three complete tanks may
be finished from this set, all M1A1 and all in sand.
Note that these sets are also available in 1/72 scale with the replacement
of the 35xxx by 72xxx in the product number.
Review Text Copyright © 2004 by Cookie
Page Created 16 May, 2004
Last updated 15 May, 2004
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