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US National Insignia

Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner


Stock Number and Description Archer Transfers US National Insignia 1/72-76 scale AR74002Y, AR74002W
Scale: 1/72 - 1/76
Media and Contents: Rub down decals
Price: USD$9.95 available online from Archer Fine Transfers
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Sharp printing, good colour density, delivers "painted on" look; different styles and plenty of sizes available.
Recommendation: Recommended



Dry transfers are an ideal way to avoid “silvering”, which comes about due to air being trapped under the carrier film. Archer lead the way in this area with decals that “rub down” onto the surface without the surrounding layer that is used in the traditional water slide variety.

These two sheets cover US insignia and are available in both white and yellow.
Ten different sizes are catered for, these being 48, 36, 32, 25, 20, 16, 15, 12, 6 and 4 inch varieties. The printing is nice and sharp and in all there are fifty four items.

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Although they are of the rub-on type, they can be used as water slide decals. This requires burnishing them onto some clear decal film and floating them onto the model’s surface.

There is no compatibility problem with sprayed on clear coats although a heavy single application of a lacquer based product could result in the bleeding of the ink. Thus several light coats would be called for here.

Note that these transfers are for vehicles other than the Sherman. Archer supplies a separate sheet for these vehicles.


These sheets provide a simple solution to those that struggle with the traditional water-slide decals. No carrier film means that the marking will display a “painted on” look which can only enhance your model.



Text and Images by Rob Baumgartner
Page Created 03 April, 2006
Page Last Updated 10 April, 2006