Typically, adding casting numbers and symbols to our Shermans and Pershings required cutting/scraping the numbers off the sprues, which could be a hit or miss type of deal. Archer Fine Transfers comes to the rescue with this set of various armor casting symbols, markings, letters and numbers.
Archer is well known for their dry transfers, but they also provide traditional water slide decals and 3-D resin surface details such as the casting symbols reviewed here.
This set includes both 1/35 and 1/48 casting symbols on a single sheet. Using these is as easy as applying traditional water slide decals, although these are usually applied under the paint. Careful cutting is required, especially for the smaller ones such as those used on suspension parts, as the symbols are packed on the sheet pretty close together.
To use, simply cut them out, dip in water as with a regular decal and apply. A little Microsol will help them snug down to the surface. When dry, add your top coats of paint, or if leaving them in the ‘raw’ state I’d recommend protecting them with a clear sealant before weathering, just like a regular decal.
I am satisfied with them and would recommend them to anybody that is looking for that added touch to finish off that killer Sherman. Go and buy a few sets!
Highs: Easy to use and apply. Saves time and looks great.Lows: I think they should be made in separate scales. Price might seem high to some.Verdict: I would use them any time I need to add or correct the casting symbols.