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Old 03-20-2017, 09:53 AM   #1
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I have done a search to try to find an answer to this question, but I haven't found a thread that addresses it.

Is there a method for distinguishing between a toned Heer decal and a true Kriegsmarine decal?

The question is prompted by the decal shown here, which is actually somewhat lighter in the photo. When in hand the decal certainly looks gold to me.

But is there a good way to tell the difference?

I've been told that a black light can be useful as true KM decals will look entirely black under UV light.

Any guidance would be much appreciated!

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Old 03-20-2017, 10:06 AM   #2
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That is a Heer "bigfoot" decal...To the best of my knowledge a bigfoot type was not produced for KM use.










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Old 03-20-2017, 10:26 AM   #3
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Thanks, Glenn.
I really appreciate it.

I should have added (and thanks to "historyguy" for the reminder) that the shell is a size 66 Quist.
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The KM has deep gold colour with a flakey efect. Toned heers are just yellow or dark yellow. But this isnt the rule with some KM M42s. EFs if i remember correctly.
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The KM has deep gold colour with a flakey efect. Toned heers are just yellow or dark yellow. But this isnt the rule with some KM M42s. EFs if i remember correctly.
And some are a deep goldish yellow...without much flakiness...time and study of known KM decals will allow the viewer to better interpret them.
I don't think there is any real 'shortcut' to this knowledge.
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KM often exhibit the tell tale border or ridge line
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KM often exhibit the tell tale border or ridge line
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That is a Heer "bigfoot" decal...To the best of my knowledge a bigfoot type was not produced for KM use.
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