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Canadian AFV decals
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 07:41 AM UTC
Tom Cromwell tries out the Canadian WWII decals from Decalcomaniacs.

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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 02:09 PM UTC
Tom,
Thanks for the info. I think my current printer is getting old. I may have to replace it to fix the alignment issue. Thanks for the review.
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Gerorg Eyerman
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 10:40 PM UTC
That's ok, Georg - I can trim edges with the best of 'em! (And thanks for the review sample. I've got a bunch of Canadian tank projects in the pipeline...)

Tom
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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 12:06 AM UTC
Tom

Looking at the pictures, there seems to be a pattern across the decals, is that the graininess you mention?

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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 12:42 AM UTC
Yeah, that's the grain from the printer. (Most of the colours are made by overlapping patterns of dots from the different ink cartridges, hence the patterned effect - kinda like the Pointalism art movement.) I think it appears a lot worse in the magnified photos than it is to the naked eye, so while it shows in the review I'm still quite happy with the actual results on plastic. (The curse of digital photography and zoom lenses!) But you may want to reconsider if you need a very clean "parade dress" model with no weathering to help hide the grain.

The thing that impressed me is the sheer quantity of markings for only $12.

Tom
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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 04:43 AM UTC
Thanks, Tom, for the speedy review. These decals do well once filters, washes and weathering is applied. And we're grateful to Georg they exist at all, eh?

My only disappointment with the review is you didn't work the word "hoser" into the text, LOL.
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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 04:52 AM UTC

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My only disappointment with the review is you didn't work the word "hoser" into the text, LOL.




Take off eh!







cheers
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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 04:52 AM UTC
He, He... My only regret is these Canadian decals didn't come with a bottle of Labatts!



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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 06:54 AM UTC

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Tom,
Thanks for the info. I think my current printer is getting old. I may have to replace it to fix the alignment issue. Thanks for the review.
Regards,
Gerorg Eyerman
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Georg,

I know we talked about the white bar under several of the markings, but I'm not sure I explained things well enough. You did change the proportions under the "41", "44" and "157" markings but it really should be done to all of the markings with the whte bar. The coloured square remained constant for all Commonwealth markings and the white bar, whether above or below, was added to that standard square. This means all of the markings with the white bars (except the three mentioned) are a tad too small (by the thickness of the white bar).

This can be corrected on the next batch you print or you can even just print the white bars as separate things and have the modeller add them to the appropriate corps or army level unit signs. For may users these are probaly fine, but I just wanted to pass on that small tweak.

I must say that I _am_ impressed with this release as it allows an awful lot of units to be depicted; pretty much every major combat unit in the Canadian Army of the time. All that's missing are the brown squares for the junior regiments in each infantry brigade. If you want, I can get you that information?

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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 03:39 PM UTC
Paul,
I did make that change (the white bars). The problem found on the sheet was due to wear and tear on the printer. Actually, these markings are for AFV's not transports, softskins, etc or any other of the support vehicles, there simply would not be room on the sheet.
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Georg
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Posted: Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 01:35 PM UTC
Sorry, All, and Georg, I got the markings I was talking about wrong, it wasn't the "41", "44" and "157" , it was the h44, 465 and 459 markigns. These are correct., the tac sign square is if the correct size and the bar is above or below as required.

It's the third row that still has an issue. The red square for those 50, 51,52 & 53 markings all should be the same size as the markings in the 8th row from the top. The white bar then being below those standard squares.

Also, I'm, not quite sure what you mean by
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Actually, these markings are for AFV's not transports, softskins, etc or any other of the support vehicles, there simply would not be room on the sheet.


While the serial numbers are certainly for combat vehicles, any vehicle in the unit would have the same tac sign & formation sign, whether it was an "A" eschelon Sherman or a "B" eschelon Morris C8. These are great for any vehicle in the various Canadian divisions. Thanks so much for making them!

Paul