By the time the Allies pushed on from Normandy the area was littered with road signs from the invaders, the occupying Germans, and of course the French - who owned the place. To aid our dioramas, Matho has released a set of useful signs that covers a number of possible scenarios.
In a plastic envelope there is a single sheet of heavy white paper with the signs printed on it. The back is printed too, since many signs are attached to posts (not included) that allow the underlying board to be seen.
The French signs look very much like those seen in period photos. Some are clearly meant to be stuck on buildings, and have no backing colour, but the big blue ones have grey "metal" backs so are meant for poles. The only issue with all of these signs is the way the white card shows through at the cut edges - a lick of paint sorts this out! Bear in mind they are only thin card, so can be easily bent by accident.
Then there are Wehrmacht signs, some of which I've seen in period photos. And of course we also get Allied signs with a more make-shift design.
This is a handy set of period signs to add a little colour to any Normandy diorama.
Highs: Bright colours! (Makes a change from drab scenery.) Signs appear accurate.Lows: Paper signs are fragile unless stuck to a solid backing like a building. White shows through at cut edges.Verdict: Very useful!
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