New Scale Specialties U.S. Armored Division Decals printed --


Requests from our customers do not fall on deaf ears at Scale Specialties. But inasmuch as Rome wasn't built in a day, the N-scale decal line has evolved at its own pace. Consider please, our decals are intended for utilization by the serious historical wargamer/model builder. If all we had to do was produce markings and insignia for a single, double, or even triple model presentation, the task would be quite simple. However, as we are producing for the historial gamer, you can be assured there will definitely be more than one, two or three units involved in a gaming move. As such it has been necessary for us to research to a greater depth to provide these insignias, markings and unit identifications. Our offerings found for some specific German units provide marking sto duplicate full company level participation. In a similar manner, the U.S. Armored Division decals will offer great flexibility and utilization for the gamer and maintain absolute historical accuracy. Selected Armored divisions will allow a wargamer to play simulations ranging from North Africa, Sicily, Italy and through Northwest Europe. The first four decal sheets to cover this subject are shown and listed below. These, however, are not all the sheets which will eventually comprise the armored division offerings. It is envisioned the number will eventually grow to no less than eight sheets (most likely more.
The quarter coin in front of the Stuart indicates the size of both the Minifig miniature and the size of these decals.




UNITED STATES NATIONAL VEHICLE INSIGNIAS
Catalogue No. 160-004 - Price $5.75 each sheet
This sheet is devoted to various size American stars, ranging from 6" through 60" stars of various configurations including plain, circled, and segmented circled presentations. Utilization of these stars while covering most of the Mediterranean and European theatres, would generally be found in use in the Northwest European theatre. Other theatre-specific presentations will be found and described later. Two additional special purpose star offerings include the 20" gas detector stars and for those lacking some physical dexterity in the painting departmnet, 20"  "painted out" stars. Instructions accompanying the sheet will provide location and size for the varioius vehicles found in these theatres of operation.
For illustration: These photos show the generic stars in a variety of configuration.



Yes, Virginia -- there was a star on the Long Tom.




UNITED STATES ARMORED DIVISIONS - PART I - FIRST ARMORED DIVISION, 13th ARMORED REGIMENT - NORTH AFRICA - 1942
Catalogue No. 160-005 - Price $5.75 each sheet
Peculiar to the United States Army armored divisions of the 1942-43 period is the use of yellow stars and bars and what would appear at first glance the most difficult geometric insignias. Each company and platoon within the company featured a geometric design which in fact easily distinguished the platoon and company to which the vehicle belonged. Note yellow bar.
These features are provided in both yellow and white colors which reflect the changing mood of the Army's higher command. Additionally, one of the light tankk (M3-Stuart above) has been duplicated with a yellow star (the sheet contains #'s 1-17) and its respective platoon shown as two red bars on the arm of the star. In similar fashion, red numbered stars are provided on yellow or white stars for one of the medium tank companies. The original width of the colored bars on the tank's turret was 4", only those with the steadiest of hands and finest of paint brushes should attempt to place this marking! If you don't fall into that category, we have provided appropriately scaled colored bands to be cut and placed on the respective tank turrets. Apart from the 20" stars mentioned above, 18 and 36" versions are provided should the modeler/gamer wish to utilize these for their "victory parade". Remaining markings on the sheet consist of 20" circled white stars on a blue or faded blue  background (these were used int he North African theatre of operation as well as Siciliy, and last but not least, the U.S. 48-starred flag applied to various combat vehicles during the invasion of French Morocco.

Note faded blue star at front. Red circled star applies to sheet No. 160-007 below.












UNITED STATES ARMY ARMORED DIVISIONS - PART II - FIRST ARMORED DIVISION, 13th AND FIRST ARMORED REGIMENTS AND 4th ARMORED BATTALION - NORTH AFRICA AND ITALIAN CAMPAIGNS
Catalogue No. 160-006 - $5.75 each sheet.
NOTE: Many of the identification numbers/codes are in WHITE and are difficult to see - we will post later a sheet with a modified background for visibility.
Adding additional detail to the U.S. Army armored divisions, this sheet offers various vehicle registration numbers as well as U.S. Army designators for specific vehicles which would be found in service with any of the armored units. These include registration numbers for Jeeps, M4 Sherman medium tank, M3 Lee medium tanks, and M3/M5 Stuart light tanks. Following this will be bumper identification codes for the First Armored Division, its combat commands and subordinate units, including the tank regiments/battalions, field artillery, armored infantry, reconnaissance and engineering units. The unit subdivision is brokend down to the representative number of company vehicles, i.e., D-10 (10th vehicle of  D Company). Additional details found on this sheet include vehicle bridge classifications, representative bumper codes for the 1st Armored Division's 47th Medical Battalion along with red cross  markings for an ambulance and its vehicle registration number. And, last but not least and hard to believe, and harder even to see -- three inch bumber stars!

Another vehicle was chosen by Tom Dye of Minifigs to show off the Ambulance configuration.
Here he uses the identification strips and the cadeuceus.

























The guys examining the tire are from an Artillerty crew pack of Minifigs impressed into service for ambulance maintenance duties.


Note the identification number in blue as it wraps around the rear of the light tank.

Onwards to 160-007:


UNITED STATES ARMY ARMORED DIVISIONS - PART III - FIRST ARMORED DIVISION, FIRST ARMORED REGIMENT - NORTH AFRICA, SICILY AND ITALIAN CAMPAIGNS 1942-43
Catalogue No. 160-007 - $5.75 each sheet.
Completing the markings and insignia for the First Armored Division in North Africa, this sheet provides the markings and insignias for the Frist Armored Regiment of that division in similar fashion as that found on Sheet No. 160-005. Accompanying the company and platoon geometric symbols are 20" stars provided in both yellow and white colors, as are the regiments' insignias.
While the First Armored division reequipped and rested, the 2nd Armored divisiontook up the mantle and participated in Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. For this operation the lessons from the latest campaign were implemented whereby needed changes for rapid identification of vehicles in combat could be obtained. A specific directive was issued whereby the American star was to be surrounded by a wide colored or white circle. Three variants of this order are provided, as well as red, blue and yellow surround ring colors and several painted out  variants as actually found in combat. Blue background circle stars are also provided as a carry-over for the 2nd's vehicles in Sicily from North Africa.
The vehicle below illustrates the painted out star.


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