MARKINGS FOR BLIGHTY’S SHERMANS

MARKINGS FOR BLIGHTY’S SHERMANS

If you plan to model the Sherman in British Army guise, recent items from Star Decals are definitely worth considering.

There’s something rather cool about the Sherman tank when it’s in British markings… possibly because so many modellers choose to build US-operated vehicles. But if you fancy completing a Brit’ Sherman, or several on this theme, it’s worth studying the recent sheets released by Star Decals, representing Olive Drab machines operated in France around the D-Day period.

We have five water-slide options here for your perusal, and they are:

MARKINGS FOR BLIGHTY’S SHERMANS

35-C 1244 British Sherman Firefly US$9
Markings for five tanks are offered here in 1/35 scale, and they represent different sub-types:
•    Firefly Mk.Vc, T148725/16 Kursk, 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry
•    Firefly Mk.Vc, 12 Velikye Luki, 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry
•    Firefly Mk.Vc, T228597/54, 3rd County of London Yeomanry, 4th Armoured Brigade, Grand Villers
•    Firefly Mk.Ic Hybrid, T263394 Achilles, 3rd County of London Yeomanry, 4th Armoured Brigade
•    Firefly Mk.Vc, T228789/71 Carole, 13th/18th Hussars, 27th Armoured Brigade, Normandy, June 1944

MARKINGS FOR BLIGHTY’S SHERMANS

35-C 1245 British Shermans US$9
Another five tanks… not Firefly’s though, and two are depicted on the instructions sporting wading gear:
•    Sherman Mk.I, T233850/6 Bryansk, 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry, 33rd Armoured Brigade, summer 1944
•    Sherman Mk.I, 18 Omsk, A Squadron HQ
•    Sherman Mk.I, T 233074/23, HQ/144 RAC, 33rd Armoured Brigade, summer 1944
•    Sherman Mk.III, T147122/52 Aberdeen, Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, Gold Beach, D-Day
•    Sherman Mk.I, 3 James Cook, East Riding Yeomanry, Sword Beach, June 1944

MARKINGS FOR BLIGHTY’S SHERMANS

35-C1246 British Shermans on the Beach US$7
All three options on this sheet are Duplex-Drive (DD) Shermans, with wading skirts:
•    Sherman Mk.II DD, 26 Lily, Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, 8th Armoured Brigade, Gold Beach, D-Day
•    Sherman Mk.VDD, T228557DD/43, 13th/18th Hussars, 27th Armoured Brigade, Sword Beach, D-Day
•    Sherman Mk.IIDD, 71, 4th/7th Dragoon Guards, 8th Armoured Brigade, Gold Beach, D-Day

For modellers who prefer smaller scales, there are also two 1/72 options for Olive Drab tanks, some schemes being down-scaled from the 1/35 releases…

MARKINGS FOR BLIGHTY’S SHERMANS

72-A 1040 British Sharpshooters US$6.50
•    Sherman Mk.II, T233277/12 Azrael, 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry, 4th Armoured Brigade, Grand Villers, France, August 1944
•    Sherman Mk.II, T233301/61 Sharpshooter, HQ 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry, 4th Armoured Brigade, 1944
•    Firefly Mk.Vc, T228597/54, 3rd County of London Yeomanry, 4th Armoured Brigade, Grand Villers
•    Firefly Mk.Ic Hybrid, T263394 Achilles, 3rd County of London Yeomanry, 4th Armoured Brigade
•    Sherman Mk.I Hybrid, T157785, 3rd County of London Yeomanry, 4th Armoured Brigade, D-Day +1
•    Sherman Mk.I Hybrid, T157785, 3rd County of London Yeomanry, 4th Armoured Brigade, D-Day +1

MARKINGS FOR BLIGHTY’S SHERMANS

72-A 1041 British Shermans US$6.50
•    Sherman Mk.I, T233850/6 Bryansk, 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry, 33rd Armoured Brigade, summer 1944
•    Sherman Mk.I, T 233074/23, HQ/144 RAC, 33rd Armoured Brigade, summer 1944
•    Sherman Mk.III, T147122/52 Aberdeen, Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, Gold Beach, D-Day
•    Sherman Mk.I, 3 James Cook, East Riding Yeomanry, Sword Beach, June 1944
•    Sherman Mk.II, T233578 Rebel, 44 Royal Tank Regiment, 4th Armoured Brigade, Riviers, Normandy

All these markings have semi-matt carrier film, so you’ll want to lay them on several coats of gloss varnish, but the printing is generally good, with strong colours. These and many more sheets are available direct from Star Decals: www.stardecals.net