As a company, Archer Fine Transfers
should need no introduction as they are well known for their excellent range of dry transfers and, more recently, water based decals.
Recently they have released a range of building signage for various countries during the WW2 period and this is a look at two sets related to building signage for the Netherlands and Belgium.
The sets were researches and developed by Jerry Plettenberg.
The set contains 6 storefront business signs for use in the Belgium/Netherlands border area. The signage is in white and the instructions contain suggested background building colours over which the signage can be applied. The signage can also be used on boards, windows etc.
These are Dry Transfers so you may need some clear decal film as applying them directly to a building or board may be awkward. With dry transfers it is important to note that each letter/number is in fact a separate symbol/letter.
Each sign also has a shop/business street number at the end and these would often appear on the door or window glass of the premises.
The instruction sheet provides a translation in English for each sign so you know what they mean and the options are:
Smeet Bro. Vegetables and Fruit with shop number 34
Bakery L. Van Maanen with shop number 57
Shipping Company with shop number 567
De Mol Gents Clothing with shop number 342
Hardware Store with shop number 6
Apothecary/Drugstore with shop number 234
Each sign is in a different size, style and font so there is nice natural individuality in the set.
In my sample a second sign for Gebrs. Smeets is provided as the original on the sheet has an incorrect spelling.
Detail for this set are as per set AR35366W the only difference being is that in this set the store fronts are in black rather than white lettering. All other comments apply equally.
A useful set of shop and business signage to enhance or create a suitable finish to any sign or diorama you are making for this region.
There is a good range of font size and style within the signage and the only real choice you need to make is if you want the signage in black or in white letters and symbols.
Depending on where, and at what point, in construction you wish to place the signage you may need to consider using some clear decal film to make life easier.
If Archer Fine Transfers are new to you then check out the video tutorials on their site which are informative, well worth a viewing before you commence:
Archers Video Tutorials
Hopefully Archers will add some street names to their range to compliment these sets.