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German Road Signs WWII Eastern Front Set 1 (35602) 1:35

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German Road Signs WWII Eastern Front Set 1 (35602)

1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models Ltd

 

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During WWII German forces renamed and re-signposted their conquests, partly through necessity but also to stake their claim and remind the subjugated masses that they were in German hands now.  This set is full of signs of this nature, and includes military signs to guide their troops to rally points, service areas and so forth as they didn't have the luxury of GPS and satnav back then, which is probably just as well.  This is one of their range of sign sets, in the shape of German road signs from France here, and Russian signs here, and as the “Set 1” part in the title implies there will doubtless be others.

 

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The set arrives in a shrink-wrapped figure box with a painting of the contents on the front and brief instructions on the rear.  There are three medium-sized sprues in grey styrene in the box, plus a decal sheet on thick paper that contains all the painted descriptive fronts of the signs.  As the box art suggests, you also get a length of picket fence and a gate, a couple of posts and a ladder alongside the signs, of which there are thirty eight in total spread across two identical sprues.  Each sign is either metal or moulded with a restrained wooden texture that will show through the decals if you use sufficient decal solution during application.  Some of the larger signs are also made from a few planks, so the joins will also show through the decal.

 

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Conclusion

Dioramas rely on the minutiae of the background to give that "lived in" look to the terrain, and signage is essential for all but the straightest of roads.  The addition of the fence and bench gives extra depth to any road scene, and the painting guide helps with painting the plastic parts.

 

Highly recommended.

 

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