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Blackhorse MP22 May 2019 11:06 a.m. PST

I just saw a post about using 1/87 decals on 1/100 vehicles and it started me thinking; I wanted to put turret numbers on my 15mm German tanks(Cmd Dec, BF, Qual Cast) and when I put the 1/100 decals on(don't remember the brand) they were so small that I was not at all satisfied and didn't bother putting any on and just set them aside.

Now I was wondering has anyone had a similar experience, and decided to use a larger size decal? And if so, how did it work out?

Thanks in advance for your input.

Walking Sailor Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2019 12:29 p.m. PST

It's a contrast thing. White shows up pretty well on Panzer Grey, 4BO, or OD; not so good on dunkelgelb. For a light color like dark yellow, go dark, black or black outline. If you can get away with that for the right facing color.
BF's tank diamonds are too big for their tanks. GHQ's (1/285) decals are a better fit on the side of a 15 mm T-34 turret, but I'm not trying to read them.

ScoutJock22 May 2019 1:30 p.m. PST

These are 15mm red on black numbers from I94 Enterprises on GHQ Tigers.



I have also used 15mm red on white and black outline numbers on GHQ German armor.

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2019 1:50 p.m. PST

I favor early-war tanks with minuscule turrets, so I tend to use 1/72 or 1/100 decals on my 1/56 tanks.

Blackhorse MP22 May 2019 1:58 p.m. PST

Turns out(I just checked) I was using I-94 Enterprises 15mm red on black like SJ's King Tigers and they work a lot better for 1/285 than 1/100(15mm)IMHO. They look great SJ.

Oh, also the paint scheme for my tanks is Dark Yellow/Brown/Green, which does complicate the whole contrast thing.

I'm wondering specifically if anyone has used larger decals, say 20mm, 25mm, 1/72, 1/76, anything in loosely defined "HO" scale range on 15mm tanks. I'd like to try it but don't want to waste time or money if it's not feasible.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2019 4:01 p.m. PST

I find most 15mm turret numbers are too big for anything for smaller than a Tiger (not that anyone buys anything else). Dom did some 1/144 scale ones that worked well, but as I recall he only did a limited selection of them.

Garand23 May 2019 5:56 a.m. PST

I only really have experience with BF decals, but I find them too LARGE for the scale, usually. Especially divisional insignia. Yeah I know, its 15mm & they want to make them visible. But I'm also a scale modeler & stuff like that bothers me. So I try to use smaller decals where I can.


Blackhorse MP23 May 2019 7:51 a.m. PST

I was just planning on using German crosses and turret numbers, and the crosses worked out fine, but the numbers…just too small to my eye.

For Panthers and Pz IV's.

Personal logo martinjpayne Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2019 10:14 a.m. PST

What Garand said.
I've used BF Nam decals on 1/72 scale Centurion tanks and to my eye they still seem slightly oversized!

specforc1214 Jun 2019 2:23 a.m. PST

I put whatever numbers from numerous brands already mentioned that are scale to what was actually on the tanks.

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