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
North Africa, Sicily, Italy and through Northwest Europe. The first
decal sheets to cover this subject are shown and listed below. These,
are not all the sheets which will eventually comprise the armored
offerings. It is envisioned the number will eventually grow to no less
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
Northwest European theatre. Other theatre-specific presentations will
found and described later. Two additional special purpose star
the 20" gas detector stars and for those lacking some physical
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.
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
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
contains #'s 1-17) and its respective platoon shown as two red bars on
arm of the star. In similar fashion, red numbered stars are provided on
or white stars for one of the medium tank companies. The original width
the colored bars on the tank's turret was 4", only those with the
of hands and finest of paint brushes should attempt to place this
If you don't fall into that category, we have provided appropriately
colored bands to be cut and placed on the respective tank turrets.
from the 20" stars mentioned above, 18 and 36" versions are provided
the modeler/gamer wish to utilize these for their "victory parade".
markings on the sheet consist of 20" circled white stars on a blue or
blue background (these were used int he North African theatre of
as well as Siciliy, and last but not least, the U.S. 48-starred flag
to various combat vehicles during the invasion of French Morocco.
Note faded blue star at front. Red
circled star applies to sheet No.
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
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.
designators for specific vehicles which would be found in service with
of the armored units. These include registration numbers for Jeeps, M4
medium tank, M3 Lee medium tanks, and M3/M5 Stuart light tanks.
this will be bumper identification codes for the First Armored
its combat commands and subordinate units, including the tank
field artillery, armored infantry, reconnaissance and engineering
The unit subdivision is brokend down to the representative number of
vehicles, i.e., D-10 (10th vehicle of D Company). Additional
found on this sheet include vehicle bridge classifications,
bumper codes for the 1st Armored Division's 47th Medical Battalion
with red cross markings for an ambulance and its vehicle
number. And, last but not least and hard to believe, and harder even to
-- three inch bumber stars!
Another vehicle was chosen by Tom Dye of Minifigs to show off the
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
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
circle stars are also provided as a carry-over for the 2nd's vehicles
Sicily from North Africa.
The vehicle below illustrates the painted out star.