Peddinghaus Decals 35-1382: Panzer III J/L

PRICE: $12.50 delivered
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: Five options

One of the most common German tanks of WWII was the Panzer III. Initially built as a medium tank, it was eventually classified (by some) as a light tank thanks to its fairly light armor and fairly small gun. One of the benefits of this tank was that it could be upgunned to a certain extent, it was fairly fast, could handle some armor increases and provided a chassis for a variety of other vehicles, most important of which was the StuG III

A few months back, I purchased a Tamiya Panzer III from e-paid at a good price. Unfortunately, this 'complete and unstarted' kit was missing decals. Fortunately, a brief search located a replacement sheet from Peddinghaus Decals. This sheet offers five J/L options. These are probably ALPS printed or something similar as the decal sheet has a single carrier film over everything. The whites are not very opaque looking and the third option, which is supposed to be just a white outline are not only a solid white, but are nearly invisible on the sheet.

There are five options with a variety of camouflage schemes, all from the 1942/43 time period. These are either in Tunisia or Russia. In addition to national insignia, there are other markings, of which I really don't know where they are placed as the instructions seem to be copies of profiles gleaned from the internet. I'm sure that I'll be able to figure them out, but it would have been nice to have all that info in one place.

So are these worth it? Well, if you have no decals need some, I guess so. I'm not very confident in the opacity of the whites, but the other should be OK. I guess we'll see as one never knows about some things until one give them a go.

September 2021

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