Bison Decals Balkan Warriors (BD-35002)
by Frank De Sisto
Water-slide decals in 1/35th-scale. Price: $9.00 USD, plus shipping.
This recent release from Bison covers three FV510 “Warrior”
armored vehicles. Two are FV510 Infantry Section Vehicles (ISV) and one
is an FV511 Infantry Command Vehicle (ICV). All are from units deployed
to the Balkans in the years 1997, 1998 and 1999. Two vehicles are from
The Green Howards; the third from The Light Infantry. The recommended
plastic kit would be Academy’s Warrior for the IFV, with the Accurate
Armour conversion recommended for the ICV.
Markings are based upon the readily available Concord Publications book
“7509, Warrior, British Combat Vehicle Tracked” by Carl Schulze.
Photos in the book show that the sheet’s designer has done an excellent
job of presenting an accurate set of markings for the vehicles depicted.
Vehicle “A” is painted in the dark green/black European scheme
and carries a large white “IFOR” logo, large black coalition
chevron and a large yellow “triangle-30” squadron sign. Vehicle
“B”, also in the dark green/black European scheme, wears a
small white “SFOR” logo, small black coalition chevron and
a large yellow “circle 12” squadron sign. Vehicle “C”,
the ICV, is painted in the dark green/black European scheme and carries
small white coalition chevrons as well as a small yellow “triangle-30”
squadron sign. Each vehicle has other small markings such as unit coats-of-arms,
NATO insignia, registration plates, red/yellow caution strips, Union flags
and bridging classification disks.
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.Altogether,
this is a fine product at a reasonable price, especially if the modeler
wants more than a simple “UN white” Balkan Warrior.
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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