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Kagero Topcolors 39

Captured Panzers - German Vehicles in Allied Service

Reviewed by Al Bowie

Summary

Title and Publisher: Kagero Topcolors 39 – Captured Panzers - German Vehicles in Allied Service
ISBN: Not Quoted
Media and Contents: Soft cover, 275 x 205 mm, colour profiles; decal sheet with all 16 options in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/35 scales
Price: £11.99 available online from Casemate Publishing's website
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Nice variety of colours and markings; decal markings supplied for all profiles in all three major scales.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

FirstRead

This is No. 39 in Kagero’s Topcolor series and covers a unique and lesser known subject, captured German vehicles in use by the Allies.  The book has decals in three scales for 16 different vehicles of the following types:

Panzer II F (US Tunisia); Skdfz 222 RAF Nth Africa; Hetzer (Polish Home Army); Panther A (French NWE); Sd.Kfz. 4 15cm Panzerwerfer (French NWE); Panther G “Deserter” (Canada/UK Italy); Panther G “Cuckoo” (UK NWE); Pz IVH/J (French NWE); Sd.Kfz. 251/8 D (US NWE); Panther G (USSR Hungary); Panther G “Dauphine” (French NWE); Sd.Kfz. 251/9 (UK Holland); Sd.Kfz. 251/1 D (Czech, Prague); Sd.Kfz. 250 Ausf A (Czech, Prague) and Stug III G (Polish, Poland).

 

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The decals appear to be well printed with little carrier film and cover an interesting array of subjects, most of which feature reasonably colourful markings.  Each subject has a background and description in both English and Polish. Three scales are provided being 1:72, 1:48 and 1:35, along with slogans and numerals. A lot of the subjects are covered in whitewash and the information page gives some interesting notes regarding this and general Soviet schemes.

This is a great collection of markings for an interesting subject not often seen. As such, it should appeal to modellers of Allied armour and those modellers of German armour looking for something different.

If I have one criticism it is the Blue of the Guards Armoured Divisional and RA AoS insignia is way too light a blue, being Sky as opposed to Royal Blue. Despite that, I look forward to more subjects from this manufacturer.

Recommended

Thanks to Casemate UK for the sample www.casematepublishing.co.uk


 

Text by Al Bowie
Page Created 5 July, 2014
Page Last Updated 5 July, 2014