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JGSDF Tank Decals II
JGSDF Tank Decals Set 2
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction
JGSDF Tank Decals Set 2 is a set of 1/35 decals by Hobby Collective, the mail order shop of PLATZ Co.,LTD. Like the first set of PLatz JGSDF Tank Decals, it contains decals for Type 74, Type 90, and Type 10 tanks. This is set HC35-2.

The Decals
Mirroring the first set, these decals are opaque and crisply printed. Registration is precise. The carrier film is thin. Platz all but eliminated peripheral carrier film by printing the film in the same shape as the decal. Marvelous!

Six tank units are available:
    Type 10, 2nd Sergeant Training Company, 1st Armored Training Unit
    Type 90, 7th Reconnaissance Company, 7th Division
    (horse over "7")
    Type 74, 4th Company, Tank Unit School, Fuji School Brigade (Fuji Firepower Exercise 2014)
    (pegasus)
    Type 10, 2nd Sergeant Training Company, 1st Armored Training Unit
    (chevrons)
    Type 10, 1st Company, 8th Tank Battalion, 8th Division
    (tiger)
    Type 90, 4th Company, 73rd Tank Regiment, 7th Division
    (triangular symbol)


Detail
Unit and vehicle marks aren't the only decals. Each tank is provided with several placards. Cherry blossom emblems are included for each tank.

In addition, a series of white numerals allows the modeler to create any numbered vehicle in a company.

Again, for you fans of the Type 74, special 40th anniversary commemoration emblem decals are provided for the Type 74's ruby anniversary of 2014. On Set 1 they are black. On Set 2 they are white.

Instructions
Where do all of these excellent decals go? Platz printed a nice placement guide. One side is in color to show off the camouflage colors, and the other side is grayscale. Almost all text is in Japanese.

The illustrations are sharp and the placement directions are definite. A few individual components are illustrated separately, i.e., stowage box, a system on a turret, etc.

I did not use any of these decals as I did for the review of Set 1. If you have not read that review, these decals work great!

Conclusion
This second set of Platz's Hobby Collective decals impressed me as much as the first. They boast opaque color and crisp printing, with precise registration, all printed on thin and precisely shaped carrier film. I appreciate that six tanks can be modeled from this single sheet (more if you use the individual numbers).

Again, I can't complain about anything other than almost all text is in Japanese. Aside from that, I think Platz's JGSDF Tank Decals Set 2 is excellent and a great buy for the price. Recommended.

Please remember to mention to Platz and retailers that you saw this product here - on ARMORAMA.
SUMMARY
Highs: Opaque and crisp printing. Registration is precise and the carrier film is thin. Decals for six tanks.
Lows: My only complaint is that almost all text is in Japanese.
Verdict: These decals are excellent and a great buy for the price.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: HC35-2
  Suggested Retail: 1,296 JPY inc tax
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  PUBLISHED: Jan 09, 2019
  NATIONALITY: Japan / 日本
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.03%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.70%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2019 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



Comments

Where can I get these all Tamiya gives yoy is units at the training school i want to put my Type 10 in operational markings
JAN 09, 2019 - 03:17 AM
   

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