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German Insignia & Medals WWII

by: Vinnie Branigan [ TEACHER ]

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I know from the figures I've included in my dioramas, that it's always difficult to know what to do about Rank insignia, badges, medals etc. Usually I do what 99% of modellers do and just leave them out, or if they are moulded in situ I'll make a half-hearted attempt to paint them. Eduard have come to the rescue with this set of German insignia and medals for WWII German 1/35th figures.

the set
The set comes as a small fret of coloured photo etch, on which there are no less than 66 badges, insignia and arm bands. As you can see from the pictures, particularly the extreme close-up, the register is immaculate, and nobody is going to get even that close without a magnifying lens!

The sleeve bands supplied are Afrika Korps, Wiking, Grossdeutschland, and Kreta. There are two swastika bands, Medic's armbands, Military police Gorgets, Iron Crosses, Wound badges.................take a good look at what you get and you'll see there's very little you won't find a use for if Axis figures are your 'thing'.

I removed a couple of the arm bands and rolled them up into a tight coil and then straightened them to see if there was any effect on the paint, and there wasn't a trace of damage. I have no idea of the technology Eduard use to produce these..............but it works!

in conclusion
This is a set I'll be sending off for today. I can use them on every single figure I produce. Very, very highly recommended.
This set is the answer to a prayer. Magnificent!
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  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: TP517
  Suggested Retail: $7.95
  Related Link: Eduard
  PUBLISHED: Sep 12, 2006

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Thanks again Vinnie, These are just as cool as the U.S. set. I really like all of the arm and cuff bands. Looking forward to more and I hope they will produce some sets for some of the other countries as well. Some British and Russian stuff would be nice. Thanks again, HARV
SEP 12, 2006 - 12:40 AM
They look great, and would definitely improve my figures (if they did painted PE eyes that would be even better ) I can't help feeling though, that using these is cheating somehow... Sean
SEP 12, 2006 - 01:30 AM
Sean, if using these is cheating...........then so is using kits. After all, if you don't accept help, then one should use a block of plastic, or better yet....wood, and carve anything you want out of that, shouldn't you? :-) Vinnie
SEP 12, 2006 - 01:32 AM
Bah, wood. Anybody can carve a piece of wood. Marble rules....
SEP 12, 2006 - 01:37 AM
Just heard that Eduard have another 3 sets of these for next month. No pictures yet, but we'll bring you them as soon as we have them, and the 3 new sets are: TP 519 German Infantry Ranks WWII TP 520 German Panzer Ranks WWII TP 521 German Artillery Ranks WWII Vinnie
SEP 12, 2006 - 10:52 AM
Hey Vinnie-thanks for the heads up- I am glad to see these. I'll be getting a box full :-) It is a pleasant surprise to see Eduard taking this technology of painted PE to the genre of armor modelling. They have been doing painted seat straps and cockpit control panels in regards to aircraft modelling for a few years now .
SEP 13, 2006 - 06:50 PM
Nice review Vinnie, same for the U.S. set! One quick question, is the brass thin enough so that it could be made to conform to the folds in the clothing on the figures? If so I'll be picking up some of these, and probably will even go for a set if it doesn't, thanks. Regards, Mike
SEP 14, 2006 - 07:15 AM
Mike, yep. It's extremely thin stuff but strong since it's metal. You should have no trouble making it conform to any surface whatsoever. Vinnie
SEP 14, 2006 - 10:30 AM
It's great stuff, Mike. In addition to folds, you can depict chevrons that are half ripped off, unbuttoned or crumpled epaulettes, etc. Hopefully there'll be some accessory sets coming out in the future too (for example, the Lion Roar set has a wristwatch and a pocket watch). But PE is definitely something to go for if you really want your figs to get attention.
SEP 15, 2006 - 08:48 AM

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