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Decals for 1/35 1.SS-Panzer Grenadier-Division LAH Panzer IV Ausf.Gs (Kharkov)

Manufactured by: Echelon Fine Details

SKU: EC AXT351016
Price: AU$15.95

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    Product Description
    Water-slide Decals

    The second installment of LAH Panzer IVs, this time featuring the Ausf Gs which took part in the intense fighting for the control of Kharkov. Previously mistaken as "red numbered" Ausf Gs, the solid "red" part proved to be the body colour, which were not covered with temporary white-wash paint. In some cases, the white-wash near the numbers faded a little thanks to the harsh Russian winter, revealing clearly that the digits were actually white outlines and not solid. This evidence is also backed by a few examples which had the rear turret bins completed untouched by white wash as in the case of tank "528" and "704".

    The Ausf G turret numbers were similar to the Ausf F1s and F2s that were stationed in France, as featured in set AXT351007. However, the similarity ended here, as the outlined numbers on Kharkov Ausf Gs were neatly free-handed and very differently styled, not stenciled. Each set of numbers was truely unique to each tank. This also means that AXT351007 and AXT351016 are not interchangeable, unless of course that accuracy is not of a great concern.

    Together with a newer, simplified version of the "Dietrich" emblem both in white and black, this set attempts to cover the turret numbers of most of the Kharkov Ausf Gs ever photographed and documented in various books and sources. 16 vehicles in all, this set would be greatly useful to modellers who wish to recreate a more-than-one-vehicle LAH diorama depicting one of the most intense street fighting ever occured during second WWII. It would also allow modellers of stand-alone models a much greater variety of turret numbers depending on what reference they have access to.

    How to apply water-slide decals:
    1. Preparation: to achieve better result, a gloss or semi-gloss coat is very important. It will make a smooth layer which the decals will suction to and make it much easier to apply and set them.
    2. Cut out the decal you need (do it on cutting mat)
    3. Grab the decal with tweezers, place it on the surface of the water and leave it for about 20 seconds.
    4. Remove the decal from the water and place it on paper towel to remove any excess water.
    5. Apply decal solution to the part where the decal is to be placed.
    6. Slide the decal off the backing paper on to the model. Using a paint brush or cotton bud is a good way to do this without damaging the decal.
    7. Use the brush, knife or cotton bud to position the decal. Using your paper towel, gently dab the decal and soak up the excess water (decal softner is also recommended at this stage. After applying softner, the decal will suction to the part and flatten out smooth.)
    8. When the decal is completely dry, give another coat of varnish or Klear/Future to seal it.

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