Bison Decals Buffalo, WW2 British
amphibians, Part 1 (BD-35013)
by Frank De Sisto
Water-slide decals in 1/35th-scale. Price: $9.00 USD, plus shipping.
This sheet will mark six complete LVT-4 amphibious tractors, commonly
called “buffalo” by the British. It is designed for use on
the Italeri plastic kit in 1/35th-scale, for vehicles used in North-west
Europe in 1944-45. All are from the famed 79th Armoured Division.
Buffalo “A” features a three-tone camouflage scheme and carries
a large white “1A” on the rear ramp. “B” also
features a three-tone scheme and the name “Sevenoaks” on the
hull side. “C” depicts an Olive Drab amphibian with a white
circle squadron insignia and the name “Southwark” on the hull
side. “D”, also in the OD scheme wears a “57”
on the forward corners of the superstructure. “E”, again in
a three-tone scheme, wears a white “18” on the forward corners
of the superstructure and the hull side. “F” wears a three-tone
scheme and carries a red/white “12 E” on the rear ramp and
hull sides. All vehicles, except for “C”, carry a 20mm Polsten
The printing is done by Microscale in the USA, which is an assurance
to the consumer that such things as color saturation, registration and
image quality are first rate. The instructions consist of clear multi-view
drawings and references to the colors that should be used. References
checked indicate that the markings are accurate, although some published
sources listed, did not provide the references shown on the instruction
As most folks will probably build their LVT-4 as a USMC vehicle in the
Pacific, this sheet will certainly provide for something quite different,
especially for those who model vehicles used by the British Army.
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