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WW2 DryTransfers
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction

Wilder has released a huge number of finishing, texturizing, washes, decals and tools in the last year, and thanks to Airbrushes.com we have samples of most of these product types to review. In this review we take a look at a selection of dry transfers released by Wilder.

Review

The transfer sheet that makes up each product is packaged in a cardboard envelope. I feel this is a good move by Wilder, as it protects the transfers during postage, which should keep his customers happy. The three products I am going to take a look at are:
  • DT3501 WW2 German Crosses for Vehicles Variant 1
  • DT3504 WW2 German Numbers for Vehicles Variant 1 White
  • DT3506 WW2 German Numbers for Vehicles Variant 1 Outline


As can be seen by the images I have included Wilder does not skimp on the quantity supplied in each product of each type, the German crosses being particularly generous I feel. All of these transfer sets are for 1/35th scale vehicles.

The colour,or should I say black and white, is clean, strong and precisely placed on the backing. These being dry transfers, obviously benefit the modeler in that there is no carrier film transmitted to the model when the transfer is applied. The transfers themselves are very thin and do not leave an obvious raised element after application.

Application is idiot-proof, only requiring that the transfer be cut from the sheet and laid on the model where it is required. Light pressure will very quickly free the transfer from the carrier and application is complete with no silvering. You will of course benefit from sealing them after application and before washes and weathering is applied.

The only weakness of the product, as far as I am concerned, is that they cannot be applied to rough surfaces such as Zimmerit. That having been said, I know that a paper is available which allows transfers to be applied as water slide decals, which may overcome that issue.

Conclusion

I like this product, as you get a good quantity of transfers at a reasonable price. The product lived up to my expectations and performed well as regards application. If you like the look of this product, but feel there is more than you will need Wilder also have what they describe as mini packs and these have enough transfers for a fair number of vehicles at a very reasonable 4.50.
SUMMARY
Highs: A good product at a good price for a good quantity.
Lows: There are no obvious lows to the product.
Verdict: If you are into WW2 German armour, these products would be handy to have about.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: DT3501/DT3504/DT3506
  Suggested Retail: 11.50
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  PUBLISHED: Sep 01, 2014
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.04%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 94.00%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

Thanks for the review, Darren. Dry transfers are a lot more user-friendly than many modelers realize, and the difference in quality with waterslide decals is significant. There is no carrier film to worry about, or bunching or puckering. They're not fool-proof, but these sound at least fool-lite-proof.
SEP 02, 2014 - 03:01 AM
   

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