Panther Ausf.A & Ausf.G
5.SS Pz.Rgt., 5.SS-Pz.Div. "Wiking" &
Pz.Rgt. "Hermann Goring"

Decal Sheet No. AXT351015
Review by Terry Ashley

This third Panther sheet from Echelon Fine Details provides markings for 7 specific Ausf.A and Ausf.G Panthers of 5.SS Pz.Rgt., 5.SS-Pz.Div. "Wiking" & Pz.Rgt. "Hermann Goring" plus options for 7 more generic Wiking and HG vehicles.

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 should react well with any decal setting solution. The large main sheet is complimented with a smaller sheet with additional unit markings.

Included on the sheet are the markings for the specific seven vehicles plus a large selection of mostly white turret numbers and additional unit markings plus a selection of balkenkreuz. Added to this is a selection of stenciling found on Panthers to add a bit more detail to the markings.

The research into the sheet extends to providing the various styles of turret numbers for the specific vehicles some with hand painted and worn numbers which make a nice change from the perfect painted numbers mostly seen.

The full colour instruction sheet is again included with each vehicle having side, front or back views with all the Ausf.A vehicles having Zimmerit applied. 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 17 references available to provide additional info on the sheets markings.

The 7 vehicles included on the sheet are below and there are also additional generic turret numbers to virtually make any vehicle from the featured units:

  1. Late Ausf.A "714" 7th Company, 5.SS-Pz.Div. "Wiking"
  2. Early Ausf.A "K01" Company Commander 5.SS-Pz.Div. "Wiking"
  3. Early Ausf.A "501" 5th Company, 5.SS-Pz.Div. "Wiking"
  4. Late Ausf.A "800" 8th Company, 5.SS-Pz.Div. "Wiking"
  5. Late Pzblfswg Ausf.A "R02" Company Commander, 5.SS-Pz.Div. "Wiking"
  6. Late Ausf.A "800" 8th Company Commander, 5.SS-Pz.Div. "Wiking" (different cam from #4)
  7. Late Ausf.G "R01" Regiment Commander, 5.SS-Pz.Div. "Wiking"

    Suggested generic markings
  8. Late Ausf.A "522" 5th Company, 5.SS-Pz.Div. "Wiking"
  9. Early Ausf.A "833" 8th Company, 5.SS-Pz.Div. "Wiking"
  10. Late Ausf.G "111" 1st Company, Pz.Rgt. "Hermann Goring"
  11. Late Ausf.G "112" 1st Company, Pz.Rgt. "Hermann Goring"
  12. Late Ausf.G "321" 3rd Company, Pz.Rgt. "Hermann Goring"
  13. Late Ausf.G "322" 3rd Company, Pz.Rgt. "Hermann Goring"
  14. Late Ausf.G "333" 3rd Company, Pz.Rgt. "Hermann Goring"

Another well researched and presented decal sheet with plenty of choices for any of the available kits as they are not designed for any one kit in particular and the painting guides will also be of valuable assistance.

Highly recommended

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

Page created July 18, 2006

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