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Armor/AFV: Axis - WWII
Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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German Armoured Car Decal Marking
hj1985
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Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 - 01:29 AM UTC
Hi Guys

I am making an AFV club sdkfz251 and Dragon sdkfz250 with white wash.

My first question is the decal coming with AFV club kit, what the tactical marking is (number 14)? Is it correct?



2nd question would be the decal purchased from Archer shows different colours and also has crest shaped insignia marking.

When the German would use yellow or red or black? When they would choose the simple "Y" marking or the crest one?



If my colour scheme is white wash, what would be the best colour I should use?




GreenBooRay
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Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 - 03:51 AM UTC
Re: Your tactical symbol question. Based on the references I have, the symbol shown on the decal sheet is close (but not exact) to that for an armored infantry platoon for the 1941-42 period.
hj1985
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Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 - 04:50 PM UTC
Thank you. I will buy some after-market tactical symbol decals.

The red, yellow and black markings are said to be applied on the white camo in the winter. I am wondering if it is possible to have one vehicle uses yellow and the other vehicle from the same division uses a different colour(red)?
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Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2019 - 07:15 PM UTC
I believe some units used different colors to differentiate between platoons or companies.
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 - 12:12 AM UTC
Red was for application over snow. Yellow was the standard insignia and the shield was mostly seen in the panzer regiment.

Yellow was the regulation color over grey going back to Poland with white as the alternate. But the yellow had poor visibility on the dark yellow scheme. So in came the black shield.
hj1985
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Posted: Sunday, January 06, 2019 - 10:53 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Red was for application over snow. Yellow was the standard insignia and the shield was mostly seen in the panzer regiment.

Yellow was the regulation color over grey going back to Poland with white as the alternate. But the yellow had poor visibility on the dark yellow scheme. So in came the black shield.



So for my white wash vehicle, i can either use red or black?
Bravo1102
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Posted: Monday, January 07, 2019 - 12:27 AM UTC

Quoted Text


Quoted Text

Red was for application over snow. Yellow was the standard insignia and the shield was mostly seen in the panzer regiment.

Yellow was the regulation color over grey going back to Poland with white as the alternate. But the yellow had poor visibility on the dark yellow scheme. So in came the black shield.



So for my white wash vehicle, i can either use red or black?


That question might actually be accounted for by differences in telling color in black and white photos. For a long time insignia we now know to be red was long thought to be black. But the fact remains that some may have really been black.

I usually go with red because it provides a splash of color on an otherwise dull paint scheme.