I don't think you'd get much argument if you said Archer Dry Transfers
are among the best marking options in the 1/35th scale hobby. The brilliance of the colors, as well as the spot-on accuracy of the printing, makes Archer Fine Transfers
stand out. In a hobby where there is always someone trying to compete with existing manufacturers, Archer Fine Transfers
pretty much has the marketplace to themselves.
It's no wonder given the quality of the issues coming out of their company. Increasingly, though, Archer Fine Transfers
has been issuing waterslide decals covering markings like D-Day invasion stencils or UK & Commonwealth placards
that are better served by conventional decals.
Only in Archer Fine Transfers
case, their decals are anything but conventional. The latest is a set of German roadsigns.
what you get
In the usual Archer Fine Transfers
glassine and paper hang tag is a sheet of road signs, as well as a sheet of instructions & translations.
No point in putting up "Harbor Commander" in the middle of a diorama of the Russian steppes.
These decals aren't your father's waterslide decals: they have to be cut out from a single transfer film, and should be trimmed right up to the edges. Then you dip then in HOT water for a few seconds, give them 15 seconds to soak in the moisture, then slide off the backing with a brush dipped in decal solvent like Micro Sol or Mr. Mart Softer.
And the instructions give you templates for making plastic card stock signs for the decals. The signs aren't the usual (and mostly apocryphal) "Moscow 2,349 km," but the kind of signage armies would use:
Zentral Ersatzlager: central spare parts depot
Wasser Ausgabe: water supply point
Tankstelle: fueling point ("filling station" in modern day German usage)
Feuerngasse Einfahrt freigehalten: fire access alley- keep clear
The quality of the production values is excellent, and a big improvement on their paper signs I have seen elsewhere. Leave it to Archer Fine Transfers
to find a need and fill it.
Thanks to Archer Fine Transfers for this review copy. Be sure to mention you saw these reviewed on Armorama when ordering your set.