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Sherman Basic Set
1/35 Sherman Basic Transfers
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by: Sven Harjacek [ SHARJACEK ]

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I've always wanted to try Archer Transfers, but i haven't had a chance till now. When I first heard of them, I imagined they were those transfers you get in bubble gum. After I used them, I can say that they are very easy to use and look even better than decals.

what you get

This set includes stars, bumper codes and registration numbers to outfit one Sherman tank with basic markings. Most Shermans in Europe had only insignias and bumper codes. In total there are 9 stars in 4 different sizes,and alot of numbers and letters for bumper codes and registration numbers.

the review

According to Archer, there are three methods you can use for applying dry transfers:

1. Trim the desired item from sheet with a hobby knife. Position transfer carefully and hold in-place with some tape. Rub over carrier film with a burnishing tool ( i.e cotton swab) with small pressure until it separates;
2. Apply transfer to wet medium paper ( AR22001) or decal paper. Soak it in water until transfer floats free. Float transfer into position , carefully blot away all water and burnish;
3. Apply transfer to clear decal film using the above instructions and apply as ordinary decal.

After I clearcoated the model, I started applying the transfers. I used the method of burnishing the transfer over the model. Those on the turret went on without a problem. I had some difficulties with those on the hull because there was a slope, but after careful alignment, I managed to get them on. Afterwards some fellow modelers advised me that the other method (described in the text above) is easier to use on sloped surfaces.


From now on I will probably be using Archer Transfers more often and I'd recommend everyone to give them a try. In my opinion, transfers adhere to the surface better than decals and they are much easier to use.

Thanks to Bill Cross and Archer Fine Transfers for the review sample. Be sure to say you saw it reviewed on Armorama when ordering.
Highs: Low price. Nice adhesion.
Lows: Three of each star sizes (needed 4 for my build).
Verdict: Very nicely-produced transfers with an affordable price.
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  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: AR35362
  Suggested Retail: $7.95
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  PUBLISHED: Nov 27, 2012
  NATIONALITY: United States

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Dial gauges, placards, and uniform insignia are very useful, but $8 for a set of decals for a single vehicle is a little steep. Especially since decals are (almost) always included with the kit.
NOV 27, 2012 - 03:10 AM
Biggles, there are decals and then there are dry transfers. There is simply no comparison, as even the finest decals have transfer film that can silver if conditions aren't just right. Yes, you can apply a coat of Future, but that isn't foolproof. Dry transfers (or even when applied with Archer's fantastic Wet Medium Paper) are an order of magnitude above any waterslide decal because there is no chance of silvering at all. They admittedly AREN'T cheap, but quality comes at a price. And since the quality of kit-supplied decals varies enormously, dry transfers are there for the modeler who is willing to go the extra mile for a better solution. They're not for everybody, and not for every budget.
NOV 27, 2012 - 03:45 AM
In addition to what Bill wrote I would also add that this is also for people that want to make a specific sherman, because you have numbers and insignias for any late sherman. Kind regards.
NOV 27, 2012 - 08:50 AM
I stand corrected
NOV 28, 2012 - 03:38 AM

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