set covers the following vehicles:
T969 Wrecker, 3623rd Truck Company, Red Ball Express, France 1944,
with open cab
T969 Wrecker, 1st Infantry Division, 701st Ordnance Light Maintenance
Company, Normandy, June 1944, with closed cab and .50 ring mount
T969 Wrecker, 601st Refrigeration Truck Company, Germany 1944-45,
with closed cab
T981, 453rd Ordnance Evacuation Company, France 1944, with open
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; references for three vehicles are given, but are not
very specific (e.g. "David Boyle Books", without specifying
doesn't mention which kits would be the best suited to take these
decals, but I guess IBG might
be a good source.
at the decals themselves, it is immediately clear that they are printed
to a very high resolution, with only a very slight trace of pixelation;
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.
Something very peculiar to these decals (and actually to all of the
latest releases by Braille Strike is that the multi-color decals are
printed "upside down". In other words, the colors are printed
first and the white at the end. This means that you have to flip the
decals over when putting them on the vehicle (which is easy) and that
it is difficult to judge the quality of the multi-color decals while
still on the sheet, as the (translucent) white creates a sort of haze
over the rest of the colors. I hope to be able to use them soon and
tell our readers how this turns out. Just remember that the decals
that are in one color only are NOT upside down.
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.
Scale continues to expand its series of well-printed decals.
While previous sets I had reviewed were well researched, I can only
assume this was the case here as well, as the mentioned references
to use are not clear. Sadly, you will probably need these references
to get an accurate representation of the actual vehicle.
sample kindly provided by Braille Strike.