Decalomaniacs Israeli Tactical
Markings (1948-1973) Part 1 (DM-028)
by Frank De Sisto
Waterslide decal sheets in 1/35th-scale. Price: $8.00 USD, each plus
Set 028 contains markings commonly seen on Israeli AFVs from the period
1948-1973. Marked as “Part 1”, it indicates that a second
sheet is being planned.
There are 18 pairs of vehicle registration plates, as well as eight bridge
classification discs. The latter includes 18 pairs of white number sets
to fill the disk. There are four sets of Hebrew characters used to represent
the 1st through 4th platoon of a given unit, which are provided as white,
or white with a black outline items. There are four of each for a total
of 32 items. The chevrons that are commonly seen on Israeli AFVs are also
given as white, or white with black outline designs. There are nine of
each of these. White gun tube stripes as well as six geometric signs finish
up the sheet.
The instructions contain five charts that clearly explain what each marking
means and where they were typically applied. Each is accompanied by explanatory
text, while it’s all followed by a brief reference list.
Both sheets are cleanly printed and feature good color saturation. These
are printed on a “full” clear backing, so each design must
be carefully cut out before use. I noted an omission on the Israeli sheet:
the symbol for the M109 SPG, although explained in the instructions, was
missing from my sample. Also, the black outlined chevrons and all of the
Hebrew characters were distorted in that they are too narrow in their
width. The manufacturer was made aware of this problem and a fix is in
This is all good stuff, especially for those who model vehicles from
these two rather different, but very popular subject’s armies.
Recommended with reservations.
Note: images have some markings shown in black for clarity.
Decalcomaniacs! products are available from the manufacturer at: www.decalcomaniacs.net.