Modern U.S. National Insignia

Published: January 9th, 2013     
Transfer Packaging
Transfer Packaging
Reviewed by: Roger Carrano - IPMS# 45853
Scale: 1/35
Price: $6.95
Product / Stock #: AR35363
Product provided by: Archer Fine Transfers

Archer Fine Transfers has and always had the best and largest variety of transfers than any other company. I would venture to say over 90% of us in the scale modeling hobby have used an Archer product in one way or another. Some modelers I have met only use transfers and will use decals only when it is absolutely necessary.

Archer's transfers are always of the highest quality and detail, and so simple to apply. However, there should be a high degree of concentration when applying them to the model because any movement while burnishing the transfer will ruin it. Whenever possible, I always cut out the particular transfer that I am going to apply from the sheet because it is very possible that another transfer, too close to the one that is being applied, can accidently adhere itself to the model. This is one of the downfalls, but very easy to avoid. Also, with transfers there are no do-overs, so proper placement of these transfers is of utmost importance.

This supplied sample includes black U.S. Star Insignias in 1/35 scale for modern vehicles which include 16" and 20" stars for M113 APCs, M557 APCs, M551 Sheridans, softskins, etc., and 36" stars for M60/M60A1/M60A3 tanks.

It would be very advantageous to check out their website if only to see what they have available. I find the variety mind-boggling in as much as there are so many to choose from, such as examples like this one to eyeballs and tattoos and transfers for model railroading as well. You will see that when these transfers are applied to your models, they appear to be painted on more so than decals. You can purchase their products from their website or at just about any model supplier; however, no supplier I have seen carries all of their products. I can highly recommend this product without any reservations at all.

I would like to thank Archer Fine Transfers for sending us a sample and IPMS/USA for giving me the opportunity to review this product.

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