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Decal Review

Archer Fine Transfers 1/35 9 SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen Panther Ausf.Gs, Winter 44-45 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2008 Manufacturer Archer Fine Transfers
Subject 9 SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen Panther Ausf.Gs, Winter 44-45 Scale 1/35
Set Number AR35278 Pros Markings to replicate a number of Panther Ausf.Gs near the end of the war
Cons Skill Level Experienced
MSRP (USD) Out of Production

First Look

Those of you who've been modeling a while are familiar with the Archer Fine Transfers' line of markings. What is especially nice with Archer's products is that they are dry transfers, so you don't have to gloss coat your armor model just to avoid the ever-present threat of decal silvering which is common to waterslide decals that are applied to flat or rough paint surfaces. Simply rub these on and press on with your weathering.


Here is a new release from Archer's prolific line-up just in time for the variety of Panther kits coming from DML, this release provides the markings to replicate some of the remaining of the tanks assigned to the 9th SS Panzer Division.

This division had been decimated by the allies during their advance toward Germany. By the Autumn of 1944, the division was below 50% strength and was to be re-equipped in Germany. During the winter months, this division was dispatched to help in the capture of Bastogne, but Patton and the clearing weather led to further attrition of the division. While the division was never properly re-equiped and staffed, it supported other surviving forces in trying (unsuccessfully) blunt the Soviet advance into Germany.

Overall these are all great sheets as we have come to expect no less from AFT, and they have not disappointed.

My sincere thanks to Archer Fine Transfers for this review sample.