Peddinghaus Decals 35-1382: Panzer III J/L
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.
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