|Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger Ausf. E (Late) Decals|
|Kit No. 72801A||Review by Doug Chaltry|
|This was a surprise
find for me. I had never heard that Techmod was planning
on producing 1/72nd scale AFV decals, and I stumbled upon
these at the JADAR hobby shop accidentally. Techmod
originally marketed a set of 1/35th scale decals for
Tigers, and I guess they decided to use their research to
the maximum, and reduced the decal size to fit our needs.
Indeed, even the "recommended kits" listed in
the instruction sheet are 1/35th scale Tiger kits.
This first of two sets of markings for Tiger tanks are for late production model Tigers. The decals are some of the finest markings I have yet found. They are printed remarkably thin (which means great care will be needed to apply them), and the printing is exact: no registration problems at all on my sheet. This is especially important, considering the very low tolerance of even the slightest deviation in register at this scale. Notice how some of the markings have a hand-painted appearance to match the real items, as seen in period photographs.
Markings are included for 12 vehicles. The above scan shows only the "preview" page of the instructions; each vehicle is also treated to complete three- or four-view color artwork showing camouflage scheme and marking placement. I don't think that these drawings are meant to be used as reference for kit details, but only for paint scheme and markings, so keep that in mind.
These are outstanding decals, and I hope that Techmod expands their line of 1/72nd scale markings to include other vehicles and nationalities.
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|Article Last Updated: 23 July 2004|