US Uniform Patches
Archer Fine Transfers
Reviewed by Cookie Sewell
Rating: Highly Recommended
Woody Vondracek has continued to produce the most excellent and useful dry transfers going today. He now has an entire line of US and British shoulder patches and rank insignia, and which seems to grow monthly. These two review sets are typical of his new line, which Woody noted at AMPS 2001 now use a new "high tack" adhesive so only light pressure is needed to fix them in place, rather than firm rubbing with a #2 pencil, which was the method he recommended last year.
The reason for the breakout is that Woody tries to group subjects by color; the more colors that he has to use on a sheet, the more expensive it becomes. The first sheet uses red, white, blue and olive drab; the second sheet uses black, white, yellow , blue and olive drab. Each sheet is on register and all details can be seen with the aid of a magnifying class. Note that "Ralph the Puking Buzzard" (the 101's Eagle head) is the WWII version, and while he doesn't have a red tongue there IS a limit to how fine you can get (plus adding a sixth color would probably have made the sheet cost $16.95).
These dry transfers have made modeling US and British figures so much easier that many modelers now seem far more willing to include figures with their models, which is a really nice touch. Now all I have to do is finish a model so I can put these nice markings to use!
Thanks to Woody for the review samples.
Cookie Sewell AMPS
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