Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf.E
Tiger I
Initial, Early & Mid versions

Tanks of Schw.Pz.Abt.502 & Sch.PzKp.Meyer
Decal Sheet No. AXT351005
Review by Terry Ashley

This latest sheet in the Tiger series from Echelon Fine Details provides markings for no less than 26 Initial, Early and Mid production Tigers of Schw.Pz.Abt.502 & Sch.PzKp.Meyer.

The decal sheet is again printed by Microscale and is of excellent quality with clear well printed markings, good colour register and very thin carrier film that is cropped close to the edge of the printed image that should react well with any decal setting solution.

Included on the sheet are the turret numbers, unit insignia and a selection of balkenkreuz plus a few vehicle names for applicable Tigers. Some of the turret numbers are included in red and black as it is unclear which is quite correct and this is a nice touch in allowing you to decide based on available info.

The research into the sheet extends to providing larger turret bin numbers than the turret side numbers for some of the vehicles including Otto Carius's mount, which is something not obvious to the casual observer.

The full colour instruction sheet is a feature of Echelon decals and this sheet is no exception with each vehicle getting a side view with some front and back views where additional markings were applied as well as those with zimmerit clearly indicated. The illustrations clearly show the decal placement as well as giving information on the camouflage scheme each was finished in.

Also included is a list of 15 notable references available to provide additional info on the sheets markings.

The 26 vehicles included on the sheet are:

  1. Early Tiger "Strolch"
  2. Early Tiger "2", "Maust" or Mausi"
  3. Early Tiger "1" sAbt.502
  4. Initial Tiger "2" sAbt.502
  5. Initial Tiger "3" sAbt.502
  6. Early Tiger "4" sAbt.502
  7. Early Tiger "332" sAbt.502
  8. Early Tiger "213" sAbt.502 Otto Carius's mount
  9. Early Tiger "224" sAbt.502
  10. Early Tiger "311" sAbt.502
  11. Early Tiger "312" sAbt.502
  12. Early Tiger "323" sAbt.502
  13. Mid Tiger "207" sAbt.502
  14. Mid Tiger "217" sAbt.502
  15. Mid Tiger "219" sAbt.502
  16. Mid Tiger "002" sAbt.502
  17. Early Tiger "302" sAbt.502
  18. Mid Tiger "305" "Hildegard" sAbt.502
  19. Early Tiger "307" sAbt.502
  20. Mid Tiger "308" sAbt.502
  21. Mid Tiger "319" sAbt.502
  22. Early Tiger "101" sAbt.502
  23. Early Tiger "14/3/113" sAbt.502
  24. Early Tiger "01/1/134" sAbt.502
  25. Early Tiger "02" sAbt.502
  26. Early Tiger "21" sAbt.502

Another well researched and presented decal sheet with plenety of choices for your model and the painting guides will be of valuable assistance.

Highly recommended

Thanks to Larry of Echelon Fine Details for the review sample.

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