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SdKfz7 instruments,placards D
Sd.Kfz.7 Instruments and Placards (for Dragon kits #6466, 6525, 6542 and 6562)
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by: Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

introduction

The Sd.Kfz.7 was THE standard prime mover of the Wehrmacht, and it has enjoyed a real modeling Renaissance with the release of over nine kits from Dragon and Trumpeter over the past few years. Unfortunately, Dragon provided no instrument dial decals in its kits. Trumpeter's were average at best.

Fortunately, Archer Fine Transfers has released sets of dry transfers that provide dials where none existed, ones that are exceptionally well-printed. In addition, their set for the Sd.Kfz.7 has the silver-framed engine & dashboard placards meant to facilitate maintenance and care of the vehicle. These are either missing from most plastic kits, or poorly-rendered. This review is of their set for the Dragon kits (6466, 6525, 6542 and 6562).

Archer also has a set for the Trumpeter Sd.Kfz.7 kits, which contain instrument dial decals, though of middling quality. That review is available here

what you get

Inside the usual neatly-packaged Archer glassine envelope are:

2 sheets of dry transfers (one for dials & one for placards)
a small piece of Wet Medium Paper
an instruction sheet

the review

I have reviewed a box-full of Archer dry transfers, and consider them among the best after-market products out there: the printing is flawless, and the transfers, while tiny, go on easily with the Wet Medium Paper. Now you might ask why a dry transfer manufacturer would be including a wet transfer method in the package.

It's because the dry transfer method works better on larger images, while smaller ones run the risk of being improperly-centered. You have to rub the dry transfer off with a pen, pencil or other dull point, and it's damned difficult doing that with small items. The other challenge is the transfer may not "take" to the model surface. Using the Wet Medium Paper basically assures you of nearly flawless decaling every time.

Basically, you rub the dry transfer onto the wet medium paper, cut out the image, dip in water, then place on the model. Apply some decal setting solution and cover with a little clear coat afterwards.

The process is a snap, and I have had no problems with it in dozens of applications. In fact, Archer insists on using the wet medium paper rather than trying to apply the transfers directly to the model.

And if you have any problems (and I doubt you will), Archer guarantees their products unconditionally. I once had a sheet of transfers that was defective, and they sent me a replacement right away.

Finally, this sheet will supply the dials and placards for up to four kits, so either buy more models or share these with friends! I have three additional Sd.Kfz. 7s in my stash (one original, one Late War and one Sd.Kfz. 7/2), so these will be put to great use.

conclusion

Given that the Dragon kits have no dials or placards, this set is pretty indispensable. In three of Dragon's kits, the instrument panel is wide-open, so you'll want to have the best-looking instruments you can get.

Our thanks to Archer Fine Transfers for providing this review sample. Be sure to mention you saw it reviewed here on Armorama when ordering.
SUMMARY
Highs: Superb design, accurate in detail, flawlessly executed. Will handle up to four kits.
Lows: Pricy.
Verdict: Outstanding, and since there aren't any dials or placards in the Dragon kits, you really will want these.
Percentage Rating
93%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: AR35317
  Suggested Retail: $10.95
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  PUBLISHED: Mar 02, 2012
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.08%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 91.53%

Our Thanks to Archer Fine Transfers!
This item was provided by them for the purpose of having it reviewed on this KitMaker Network site. If you would like your kit, book, or product reviewed, please contact us.

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About Bill Cross (bill_c)
FROM: NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES

Self-proclaimed rivet counter who gleefully builds tanks, planes and has three subs in the stash.

Copyright 2019 text by Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



   

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