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US MVD Signs & Tanker Markings
US MVD Signs and US
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by: Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]

introduction

Driving military vehicles around on civilian roads is dangerous, especially to civilians in democracies who can revoke their permission for your presence there. So the United States developed MVDs (Military Vehicle Delinerators): red & yellow motor vehicle recognition stripes to cut down on accidents with civilian vehicles in Germany. Perfect Scale Modellbau has rendered these in decals for 1/35th models.

Even more dangerous is transporting flammable liquids around on those roads when the populace doesn't speak your language. So the US forces have used bilingual signs warning about gasoline they could slap onto tankers since the 70s.

what you get

A single sheet of decals in each set.

the review

Occasionally we receive review samples that are so specific, so specialized, there's almost nothing to say about them other than "if you need these, here they are." These two sets qualify in that group.

I can't even find very much about these markings, other than that they have been around since the (late?) 1980s (thanks to Armorama member Max Citizinsane and Gino Quintiliani for their assistance).

The MVD sheet includes:

four small pair (5mm) of red tetrahedrons with L-shaped yellow offsets
three large sets (1 cm) of the same
four sets of stripes (white, yellow, red & orange) 6cm in length
four red triangles 1.5cm x .5cm
two white signs (approx. 1cm x ) with black lettering saying (in English & German) "we're driving for your security"

The tanker markings sheet includes:

2 pair each of small (3mm x 4cm) signs saying in German "no smoking within 16 meters" in white, black and tan
1 pair of large signs (.8cm x 3.5cm) in black lettering saying in English "no smoking within 50 feet"
2 pair each of large signs (.8cm x 3.5cm) in white or tan lettering "Nicht rauchen umkreis 15M"
four sets in 3mm black, tan and two in white lettering saying Feuergäfahrlich ("flammable")
three pair each in .5cm white, black & tan lettering saying Feuergäfahrlich ("flammable")

Convincing a farmer whose tractor gets run over by an M1A1 Abrams that you're driving for his security is a challenge "occupying" forces face in any society. Not burning up the citizens and their property (even when it's their fault for smoking too close to a tank truck full of gas) is another challenge.

conclusion

What more can I say? If you're doing a German-based vehicle, these are for you. The MVDs will be perfect for all vehicles, while the tanker warnings will work on either the Italeri re-issued M977/M978 HEMTT Cargo/Tanker combo, or AFV Club's M49A2C Tanker.

Thanks to Perfect Scale Modellbau for the review sample. When ordering, please say you saw the review here on Armorama.
SUMMARY
Highs: Well-rendered for the price. Something you don't see elsewhere.
Lows: Limited to US vehicles in Europe/Germany. The tanker markings are suitable only for-- duh-- fuel tank trucks.
Verdict: If your vehicle is serving in NATO, you need the MVDs; the tanker markings are more specific (and limited).
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: Deco 11 & 16
  Suggested Retail: €5.45 each
  PUBLISHED: Nov 29, 2011
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.08%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.69%

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About Bill Cross (bill_c)
FROM: NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES

Self-proclaimed rivet counter who gleefully builds tanks, planes and has three subs in the stash.

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Comments

They look like good sets to do '70s (when the reflectors first came into use) to present US vehicles in Germany. This is not really an issue though since Italeri re-issued their M977/M978 HEMTT Cargo/Tanker combo or you could use AFV Club's M49A2C Tanker. Both readily available.
NOV 29, 2011 - 05:09 AM
Thanks, Gino, I will amend the review. I did a web search for tankers, but came up mostly with figures. Appreciate the input!
NOV 29, 2011 - 05:34 AM
Actually the red and yellow Military Vehicle Delinerators (MVD) came into being in the late 80's/early 90's to help eliminate accidents between the German civilians and US military vehicles. As a Battalion Maintenance Officer in a Germany based Tank Battalion in 1990, no military vehicles, from HWMMVs to M1A1s left our Kaserne with out those things being mounted on the rear of the vehicle along with red and yellow reflective tape and a fuctioning yellow warning light, aka the whoopie lights or RAWLs. If you google REFORAGER 85, you will see no reflective markings but they start to show up from 87 on... Can't comment on the English.German markings for fuel trucks - they probably have been around for a while, maybe the 70's as Gino mentioned above. FWIW... John
NOV 29, 2011 - 11:21 AM
Thank you, John, hands-on experience is always better than the Internet, LOL! Much obliged.
NOV 29, 2011 - 11:43 AM
   

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