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||German SS Uniform
Patches (FG35042A and B)
|Contents and Media:
||1 dry-transfer decal
sheet in each set
||US$24.95 each from
||Stunning printing in a
tiny size; large number of transfers for up to 40 figures; eliminates a
difficult figure painting task; authentic and "in-scale"; dry-transfers
leave no carrier film; simple and precise to apply.
Reviewed by Mark Bannerman
I just received the new release from Archer Fine Transfers of the German SS
Uniform Patches and thought I would share my thoughts and review.
First, I have to say that it is truly disappointing when one spends enormous
amounts of time painting a figure and having great success only to end up
messing it up with a badly painted, blotched and oversized insignia on a
uniform. Insignia and patches which are ready-molded on a figure are usually
oversized or undersized and most times inaccurate with very little definition
and detail. It makes the task even tougher when there are no patches molded on
to work with. Either way, painting well done uniform patches and insignia is
probably the toughest task there is to painting figures.
Archer Fine Transfers to the rescue!
Archer has just released a dry transfer set - German SS Uniform Patches
(FG35042A). The German SS Uniforms Patches are offered in two color combinations
in two separate sets: either white with white piping (FG35042B) and gray with
white piping (FG35042A).The gray with white piping (FG35024A) is a more accurate
color combination of the two sets as it is closest to the actual thread color
and shows a distinction between it and the white piping.
The German SS Uniforms Patches set provides enough transfers to outfit 40 or so
figures. The sheet provides five each of Schütze up to and including
Unterscharführer, three each of a Oberscharführer, two each Hauptscharführer up
to and including Obersturmführer, one of a each Sturmbannführer up to a
I examined the set under a microscope and the patches are absolutely stunning. I
have never seen anything so well printed in such small size. The grey boundaries
around the collar patches are exact, no overprints or overlaps and crisply
reproduced. Even on the the sleeve eagle emblem "Hoheitsabzeichen"- worn by the
SS -VT/Waffen SS - is so very finely done and printed that the swaztika emblem
under the eagle is reproduced to the highest detail. No paint brush could ever
achieve such precision.
Another example of how well these are printed is the leaf on the SS-Standardtenfurher.
One can see a dark "leaf vein" running through the middle of it like the real
thing. The collar patches are all finely reproduced - i.e the SS
Hauptsturmfurher patch has two very fine liness and a diamond - beautifully
printed and void of any glitches. Also included in the set are single chevrons
(to be worn with SS- Sturmmann two lines through collar patch) and double
To add to this, Archer included in same set cap Eagles and Death Head plus 40
Cuffs with finely printed titles for "Adolf Hitler" ( 1ss Pz Division
Leibstandarte), "Wiking" (5th Pz Grenadiers), Deutchland (1st SS Regiment), Der
Fuhrer (3rd SS Regiment), Germania , Totenkopf (3rd SS PZ Division officer’s
cuff title post 43), and Das Reich (2nd SS Pz Division).
The application was a cinch. After sanding down the molded on collar on a resin
figure, I cut out a collar patch with an Xacto knife, placed a thin piece of
scotchtape on top, layed it down on the collar in position with tape to secure
it in place and pushed a pencil gently onto the tape which made the transfer
adhere to the collar. The whole operation from cutting patch out to rubbing it
off onto the collar took a minute. To ensure the patch stayed down, I applied a
dab of dull cote to act as a secondary "glue". And what a difference a nicely
printed patch will make ! With no decal carrier to boot !!
Easy to use, exquisitely printed and reproduced, accurate in size, loads of
choices, and enough for a slew of figures. And the price of the set ($24.95)
works out to about .60 cents per figure - small price to pay to make a figure
stand out. This is the only way for me to go in future. These are absolutely
brilliant and a true blessing to any figure painter.
On a rating of 5, I give this new release from Archer a big huge "Five Star" and
two thumbs up. The set can be viewed at
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This Page Created on 13 February, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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