First of the Aussie Matildas covering a number of versions, ranging from normal guntanks and close support tanks to "frogs" and a dozer fitted tank. This set covers mainly three specific units: 1st & 2/9th Australian Armoured Regiment and 2/1st Australian Armoured Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron. As usual, we go all-out to capture the nitty-gritty details on all the markings as much as possible. And this can be reflected by the Arms Of Service (AOS) which aren't standard across the board although all shows the coconut tree and the crocodile. Just this set alone will feature a number of AOS variations. Same goes to the Fording markings, which are not the same exact fonts used by the Soviet Lend-Lease Matildas, although they just looked similar. This set also covers the non-italic version. The fording markings differ from unit to unit, and sometimes different between vehicles within the same unit as well. These are just some of the few highlights mentioned.
This set covers 13 marking options with red fording lines enough for 2 builds. If modellers choose to mask and colour the red fording lines, there should be markings enough for all 13 tanks.
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.