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1/35 Decals for Canadian Shermans

Ultracast

Catalogue No.: D35001 1/35 - Fort Garry Horse (N.W. Europe 1944/45)
D35002 1/35 - Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment (N.W. Europe 1944/45)
D35003 1/35 - South Alberta Regiment (N.W. Europe 1944/45)
D35004 1/35 - 1st Hussars (N.W. Europe 1944/45)
D35005 1/35 - Canadian Grenadier Guards (N.W. Europe 1944/45)
D35006 1/35 - British Columbia Regiment (N.W. Europe 1944/45)
Scale: 1/35
Media: Water-Slide Decals
Review Type: First Look
Rating: Highly Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green

S u m m a r y


Contents:
See Text
Price: US$4.95 each
Advantages: Rare to find after-market armour decals; five sheets cover wide range of Canadian Sherman units; high quality printing and colourful markings; good range of Sherman modelling subjects available.
Disadvantages: No references for individual vehicles.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

F i r s t   L o o k

 

Given the recent boom in decal releases for aircraft, it is perhaps surprising that we have not seen more armour markings available from the major decal manufacturers. Armour modellers have been flooded with new kits but starved of markings. Even kit markings are pretty lame.

After-market choice has been limited to a small range from Accurate Armour and a number of rub-downs from Verlinden.

It is therefore nice to see that Ultracast have expanded their line with a new range of water-slide decals. The theme for the first batch of releases is Canadian Shermans.

Each small decal sheet covers a single regiment. Three sets of serials plus four pairs of brigade/regimental and squadron markings (squares, circles, triangles and diamonds in one colour per set) are included, as are weight discs (for both standard Sherman and Firefly) and two Allied stars.

Units covered are:

Fort Garry Horse
Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment
South Alberta Regiment
1st Hussars
Canadian Grenadier Guards
British Columbia Regiment

All markings are relevant to Shermans in North-Western Europe 1944/45.

Registration of all my samples are perfect, and the colours well saturated. I would have liked to see some direction to references for particular vehicles, but I'll do some research and post information here on HyperScale in the near future.

These decals will permit modellers of Commonwealth vehicles to add an attractive finishing touch to their Shermans. The timing of this release is good too, with DML/Dragon re-releasing their "improved" Firelfly! These decals sets are available at Ultracast’s ever-growing web-site.

Highly Recommended

 

(P.S. We've seen some new armour decals from Third Group and some Eastern European producers recently too - let's hope this is the start of a trend!)

Thanks to Kevin at Ultracast for the review samples.


Review Copyright 1999 by Brett Green
Images Courtesy of Ultracast Web Site
Page Created 16 March, 1999
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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