Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry Sherman IIIs (Syria 1943)
The first of the allied markings sheet, with the hope of more to come in the near future. This is one truly for the M4 Sherman fans, particularly to those who are looking for interesting desert schemes to work with. Without a doubt, adding the striking yet multi-coloured markings plus the huge vehicle names will surely make the subject even more attractive than it is.
Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry Sherman IIIs in Syria (1943)
The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry batch of tanks in Syria 1943 is probably one of the most and best documented British AFVs of the WWII era. This is due to the fact that they were available for photography sessions during a formal parade in the desert. Almost every vehicle seen were set in a "pose" in front of the photographer. For a taste of these juicy photographs, please get yourself a recent copy of Military Modelling magazine Vol. 35 No. 9.
Provided are markings enough to complete 8 vehicles, 7 of which are M4A2 Sherman IIIs. However, not one of these seven machines are the same. The dissimilarities range from completely different M4A2 (small driver hatch) hulls, boggie configurations, to the smaller details like turret lifting loops positions and gun mantlets. This ensures that you get full mileage for the markings - if you get to use up the entire sheet, you'll end up with a really diversified range of attractive desert Shermans. On top of this, there are options for you to make up markings for other RWY Shermans using the generic letters & registry numbers provided. General RWY vehicle configuration guide at the back of the instruction will help you with the specific kind of Sherman III you are after. The leftovers of the generics will also see usage on any other British / Commonwealth AFVs of the same era.
While this sheet specifically targets the Sherman III variant, one of the vehicles covered is an M4A1 variant (Sherman II), also a RWY tank. The difference is, it sports an early camouflage scheme and used black letterings with a different style of vehicle registration numbers. This vehicle is before RWY switched to yellow vehicle names.