This photo etched set is a very nice option for many of the overlooked parts that should be present on small scale German vehicles: thirty eight licence plates (5 types), plates for motorcycles, twelve pairs of width indicators (2 types), eight pairs of rear view mirrors (4 types) and one set of licence plates come with convoy lights, which are a welcome addition.
The set provides these fittings in 1/76th scale and, more importantly, 1/72nd scale. These details are often completely missing from resin models, but I have found them pretty useful since they add a lot to even the best 1/72nd scale plastic models as well; the rear view mirrors are ideal for the otherwise excellent DML Sd.Kfz 251 halftracks, for example. Width indicators are also often forgotten in small scale models; using photo etch ones saves some time fabricating them from stretched sprue. There are no decals provided for the licence plates, so you will need to get them from somewhere else. (The already mentioned DML half-tracks come with a very comprehensive decal sheet that can be used for several vehicles.)
There's a quite nice description of the set provided and some recommendations on how to use it.
I'm a bit curious about the number of each set provided; I would probably never need eight set of motorcycle licence plates.
Highs: Easy to use replacement/addition to small scale modelsLows: Nothing I can see. The set is easy to use and does what it says on the cover.Verdict: Recommended.
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