ARM/SHIP: New Dry Transer Sets from Archer Fine Transfers

Product Review: Archer Fine Transfers new releases
AR49017; US Ambulance Markings (1/48), price US$8.95
AR49018; Miscellaneous US Medic Markings (1/48), price US$6.95
AR35233; OIF Signage (1/35), price US$7.95
AR49019; U.S. 2 =BD Ton 6 x 6 Truck Generic Markings (1/48), price
AR35236; U.S. 2 =BD Ton 6 x 6 Truck Generic Markings (1/35), price US
AR49020; T-26 Pershing Tank Generic Markings (1/48), price US$6.95
AR35237; T-26 Pershing Tank Generic Markings (1/35), price US$5.50
AR35238; 80' ELCO Torpedo Boat (Sheet 1); price US$13.50
AR35239; 80' ELCO Torpedo Boat (Sheet 2); price US$15.95
Advantages: Still the best and on top of the new releases
Disadvantages: Nothing major to report
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all American WWII, Korea and OIF Fans
I am a bit remiss, as by accident I missed the packet of new releases
sent to me by Archer Fine Transfers so this review will cover the two
latest sets of releases by Archer.
The first two sets are for 1/48 US ambulances and medical support
details. Set 49017 covers markings for a single ambulance, and is
essentially a reduced size version of the original set produced for
1/35 scale some time ago. It is nicely done and covers the major red
cross markings as well as the "ambulance" signs for front and rear of
the vehicle. Set 49018 are very handy, as they are generic US medical
signs and markings, such as armbands and helmet flashes, first aid kit
markings, and both camp signs and container markings. While thus far I
have to say I have not seen an ambulance kit in 1/48, the markings are
also useful for 1/35 scale as many repainted vehicles used smaller and
less conspicuous markings instead of regulation ones.
Set 35233 is a bit of a departure for Archer, as these are signs for
current use in Iraq and are printed on single sided stick-on labels.
This is a good way to do these signs, as the modeler may transfer them
to 0.010" sheet styrene for stiffness and still get a reasonably thin
sign to simulate either plywood or foamboard. The markings, research
provided by SFC Jeffrey DeRosa of the 10th Mountain Division, cover
signs currently found near US bases in Iraq. They cover warning signs
for Coalition vehicles (e.g. do not approach), a heat index board,
control point warnings, warning signs for US troops (e.g. clear your
weapons here), local authority indicators, and one which tells
Strykers with bar armor arrays installed not to park in this lot (they
take up too much room!)
Sets 49019 and 35236 are identical to each other with the exception
of scale. They provide a number of basic markings such as starts,
warning messages painted on the vehicle, size and weight (D-Day
shipping data), and all basic stenciling; there are also bumper codes
and serials for two specific vehicle, one from the 537th AAA Battalion
and one from the 3886th Transportation Battalion (Red Ball Express.)
Both come with a small sheet of waterslide transfers as a supplement
for ammo train and convoy lead vehicle placards. Research for these
sets was provided by Norm Samuelson.
Sets 49020 and 35237 are also identical to each other with the
exception of scale. Both sheets provide full generic markings for a
T26E3 Pershing tank as supplied in WWII and cover the stars, basic and
detail stenciling, as well as shipping codes for Antwerp ("Zebra
Mission") and follow-up shipments to Germany as well as the tanks
shipped to Okinawa. No bumper codes are included.
Sets 35238 and 35239 are a bit outside of my personal scope of
interest, but many armor guys are sheepishly admitting they purchased
the big Italeri PT boat. These two sheets offer markings for different
boats. Set 35238 provides hull numbers with shadowing for two boats,
PT-588 and PT-596, as well as a correct 3' x 5' 48-star ensign. A
supplemental instruction sheet explains Woody Vondracek's method for
making a flag, which having personally seen him demonstrate it, works
well in creating a realistic flag for the mast. Set 35239 is similar
but provides markings for PT-523 and PT-579, as well as a "star and
bar" deck identification marking for the boat as well as the 3' x 5'
ensign. While no paint or finishing suggestions are provided, other
than paint scheme and boat equipment markings location is not hard to
determine based on the original kit's markings. Research for these
sets was supplied by Gregory Knowles.
All in all, a nice selection of markings and ones which will find
some appreciative audiences.
Thanks to Woody Vondracek for the review samples.
Cookie Sewell
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