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Tigers in Italy and
Tigers in Normandy
Decals

Trakz

(A Division of the VLS Corporation)

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue No. and Description Item TX-0079 - Tigers in Italy
Item TX-0080 - Tigers in Normandy
Price: each USD$8.95 from VLS Website
Contents and Media: each 1 x decal sheet (210mm x 95mm)
Scale: 1/35
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Good selection of options supplied on both sheets; includes several style of balkenkreuz and smaller markings; authentic "carefully hand-painted" look; thin carrier film; perfect registration
Disadvantages: No instructions - reference will be required.
Recommendation: Recommended.

 

Reviewed by Brett Green

 

FirstLook

 

Decals for model aircraft continue to be released at an ever-increasing rate, but alternate markings for 1/35 scale military vehicles are still comparatively rare.

Trakz has now produced a second and third decal sheet that will be helpful for anyone building Tamiya or Academy's 1/35 scale Tiger I kits.

Item number TX-0079 is "Tigers in Italy". This sheet is 210mm x 95mm in size and includes specific markings for 9 vehicles, plus some generic white outline digits, unit markings and four different sizes/styles of balkenkreuz.

Item number TX-0080 is "Tigers in Normandy". This sheet is also 210mm x 95mm in size and includes specific markings for 7 vehicles, plus a large number of generic digits in red with white outlines, unit markings and four different sizes/styles of balkenkreuz.

 

 

The markings convey the impression of carefully hand-painted digits, with subtle variations and irregularities. They do look excellent.

Carrier film is extremely thin, and my sample was in perfect register - an important feature for the narrowly outlined red digits in some options.

Instructions are not supplied. This is more of a problem than with the original Tunisian Tiger release because of the wide range of variables in variant, fitout and camouflage. Fortunately, plenty of reference is available for the Tiger tank, so the lack of instructions won't be a serious problem for most modellers.

Recommended.

Thanks to VLS Creations for the review sample
 


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Review and Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 03 August, 2003
Last updated 15 August, 2003

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