Bison Decals Croatian Tanks, ’91-95
by Frank V. De Sisto
Water-slide decal sheet in 1/35th-scale. Price: $9.00 USD plus shipping.
This sheet contains markings for eight Croatian tanks from the period
1991 to 1995, as seen in use during the horrific war, which broke out
after the dissolution of Yugoslavia.
There are markings for six T-55As, a T-34/85M and an M36B2. The T-55As
are named “Alf”, “Grom”, “Marina”,
“Cedozder”, “Plavi Grom” and “002/Grom”,
while the T-34 is named “Pas”, and the M36B2 is named “Topovnjaca”.
These markings, combined with usually quite “artistic” camouflage
schemes will make for highly colorful models, using the Tamiya, DML or
Academy kits of the above-mentioned vehicles.
The markings and the instruction sheets appear to be very well-researched,
and combined with the noted references (both in-print and on-line), should
allow the modeler to get maximum use out of the sheets. I checked as many
of these markings schemes as I could reference, and can state that they
are accurate both in style and content. However, one T-55A (“Alf”)
was not found in the stated reference, but I don’t see this as any
thing to get worried about.
The decals are printed in the USA by Microscale, so the color saturation
is excellent as is the registration. The details on the red and white
shields, as well as the various tiger’s heads are quite finely represented.
The black and white line-drawn instructions are clear, if a bit complex.
Although color information is supplied (and is more than adequate for
the task) I strongly recommend that the modeler go on line, where this
manufacturer’s web page has color profiles of the vehicles in question.
For the modeler of post-war tanks who is looking for something very different
and quite colorful, this sheet can’t be beat.
Bison products are available at retail and mail order shops and directly
from the manufacturer at: www.angelfire.com/pro/bison.
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