Tank Destroyers in NW Europe

Kit #: 72009 Preview by Rob Haelterman

This set covers two M36B1 and two M10 tank destroyers:

  • M36B1 "Coppers Cove IV", 899th TD Bn, 1944-1945. 4 view drawing. Equipped with T48 tracks without duckbills. Picture found here.
  • M36B1, 654th TD Bn, Tambach, Germany, April 1945. Movie clip here. Unusually the vehicle has five kill marks on the gun mantlet in the form of Nazi flags. T54 tracks with duckbills. Armored roof.
  • M10 "Accident", 702nd TD Bn, Normandy, 1944. No reference given.
  • M10 "Strassbourg", 1ère Div.Blindée française, Marseille, 1944. This is the most colorful vehicle of the four. Picture to be found here.

Modelers should be aware that the drawings used in the instructions are only meant as a help for placing the decals, and not for the specific features of the tank, like tracks, stowage, etc. (even though, in some cases, the instructions point out some features).

Looking at the decals themselves, it is immediately clear that they are printed to a very high resolution, with no pixelation whatsoever; even the smaller items are still readable. The only thing that gives them away as not being printed by the big decal companies is that they are printed on continuous film. Being laserjet printed, it is also wise to protect them before weathering starts on the model.

My scanner always has trouble scanning white decals on a blue background, that's why the image from the Braille Strike website has been included on the right.

In all, a very promising start from a new company, with a printing quality that is second to none.
Well researched, even though the modeler needs to take care to get all the specific features of the actual vehicle right. The M36B1 will need some crosskitting, though.


Review sample kindly provided by Braille Strike.

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Article Last Updated:
11 November 2017

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