Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 08:50 PM UTC
Echelon has just launched three new sets of decals for WWII German Vehicles plus one for AML-60 and for Leopards
AXT351035 31. Pz.Rgt., 5. Pz.Div. Panthers
Covers 9 specific Panther Ausf. As & Ausf. Gs from 31. Pz.Rgt. featuring the prominent, late-war styled, red devil's head on black on the turret sides. Comes with complete generic alphanumerics for the turret, for those who wants full flexibility, in both zimmerit edged and non-zimmerit ones. While the specific options will help modellers place the numbers with ease without trying to guess the spacings between the digits. Which you can see can be quite different from tank to tank. Of these, "412" had the emblem uniquely outlined with a lighter colour, very likely red (same shade as the head). The Ausf Gs covered in this set featured both dotted ambush and disc camouflages. Also included are the usual stencils and hull numbers.

AXT351036 LAH Panzer IV Ausf. Js, 1944-1945 (Pt.2)
The final installment of LAH Panzer IVs during their last days of WWII, cover 6th & 8th Kompanie Ausf. Js. Not an easy set to cover as information is pretty scarce. Later version of "631" which was lost at Hassoumont was thought to be "601" earlier. The center digit "0" was actually "3". The proof was in the "broken outlines" of both digits and it matched "3" perfectly. "The stenciled "631" and "611" number styles actually matched the LAH Ardennes Panthers (AXT351034) styles. The digit "6" is new for this set. Apart from these two, the rest of the turret numbers are pretty much non-standard, very likely hand-painted (common practise towards the end of the war).

D356278 Afrikakorps Palm Trees
Most are familiar with the usual DAK palm trees in white as that is the most commonly seen colour. Followed by the black ones, although not as common as the whites but they certainly existed. The rather obscure types are the red ones! This set comes with 6 styles for each colour. The styles were accumulated over the years while researching on DAK vehicle markings. There are 4 sets for each style and colour, enough for 2 sides of a vehicle, together with the front and back. Thus each set comes with 72 palm trees altogether!

D356277 French AML-60s & 90s in Senegal
This set sees 23eme BIMa AMLs operating in Senegal that lasted as least 2 cycles in changing of camouflage colours (which is quite a long time). The vehicles were originally in all green (post WWII standard). Then they moved on to 2-tones Sand and green. And then finally in 3-tones NATO colours (modern day standard). Some of the cars had their markings transitioned from one style of markings to another while still retaining the same vehicle registration number (even when the VRN plate styles were all different). For these vehicles, modellers are given the option to choose 2-tones or NATO for their builds. Whilst not obvious to the eye, this set involves a lot of colours to get it printed. The unit marking, the Anchor emblem, is provided in 2 tones: red/yellow/red border & red/yellow/blue border. Also included are fire extinguisher labels, which will add detail to the builds.

T35012 Leopard 2s: Fearsome Cats of the World
Continuing with the Leopard 2 series, this set covers Leopard 2s spanning across the globe. Seeing nations like Singapore (small island nation in South East Asia), Chile (Western Coast of South America) and Spain (South Western Europe) utilitising one or more form of the MBT as their main spearheading ground assets. Besides specific marking options, the set also provides generics, allowing modellers to detail their builds down to their own references. 3 kinds of deck stencils are provided. The Spanish Leo 2s utilises light gray stencils (in Spanish). The Chilean MBTs used black ones, given that their Leos are in medium sand. And the white ones used by Leo 2 A4SGs (in English). Deck stencils in English are not new, as Canadian Leo 2s had them (in set D356044), although the ones in this set had slight differences. The Spanish stencils are all new, based on extensive research effort. As there are already a number of Spanish Leo 2 decals available in the market, thus the Spanish deck stencils in this set will complement those.
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Those pesky little AML's sure were around in a lot of places visited during the mid, and all the way through, the end of the 70' and early 80's. Wishing I had a camera during some of those missions, I surely cannot recall the markings of the AML's that sat around the perimeter of the airport in Dakar during this time frame. With this decal set however, I surely can add a Senegalese/French marked AML to the collection.
DEC 13, 2019 - 01:33 AM
With a bit of luck Max Decals will have a set for Irish vehicles sometime soon. I know they were looking into it, so fingers crossed.
DEC 13, 2019 - 03:19 AM
Great to see the decals for Chilean Leopard 2A4s! Well done Lawrence!
DEC 13, 2019 - 03:42 AM
The Sand/brown Spanish 2A4s look very nice, but I can't find any original images of this scheme anywhere. Can anyone advise?
DEC 13, 2019 - 04:22 AM
Hello, I think is a Leopardo of the Spanish army, "compañía enemiga" you can see photos in the Facebook group "carros de combate europeos de los ejércitos de España"
DEC 13, 2019 - 05:49 AM
Thank you very much.
DEC 13, 2019 - 09:06 AM
As I've said before, companies that offer aftermarket decals sheets like these are a god-send to those of us that want to build and finish something a wee bit off the wall. Great to individualize!
DEC 14, 2019 - 06:25 AM
For which time period are the AML-60 markings?
DEC 14, 2019 - 09:27 AM

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