Decalomaniacs! WW1 Rhomboids #1
by Frank De Sisto
Waterslide decals in 1/72 scale. Price: $8.00 USD, plus shipping.
I will start out by ranting just a bit: World War I tanks, armored cars
and ordnance are seriously under-represented in plastic kit form. The
period is interesting and so are the vehicles and artillery pieces, but
mainstream manufacturers are reluctant to invest in the production of
state-of-the-art kits. This is a shame. However, in the smaller scales,
there are a handful of kits, including the quite ancient Airfix Mark I.
Decalcomaniacs!, as is their custom, has come up with a decal sheet that
will allow the modeler who has the required references (also thin on the
ground), and the old Airfix kit, to properly mark nearly any version of
this tank. The sheet contains dozens of designs for Mark I, as well as
Mark II and III tanks (all of which were based on the Mark I). The items
on the sheet consist of various sets of numbers and names (the latter
confirmed by period photos), all in white. Some names include “The
Flying Scotsman”, “Lusitania” and “Die Hard”.
There is also a group of items in black for tank “C21, The Perfect
All items are crisply printed on a sheet that is completely backed by
film. This means that the modeler must carefully trim each design before
dipping in water. The instructions are “text-only”, so references
are essential for proper use of this sheet. The most readily available
(and reasonably priced) book is: Osprey, New Vanguard 100, “British
Mark I Tank 1916”. The instructions do offer fairly explicit placement
info, as well as a fine brief on the colors used, so they are really quite
acceptable. They simply require “back-up”.
Although there won’t be “thousands lining up” for this
sheet, I for one, am gratified that Decalcomaniacs! have gone to the trouble
to produce this anyway. You small-scale, WW1 guys ought to show your appreciation.
All white items on the decal sheets are shown in black for clarity.
Decalcomaniacs! products are available direct from the manufacturer in
care of: Georg Eyerman, 315 South Avenue, Garwood, NJ, 07027, USA. Web