Archer Fine Transfers
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII

One of the finest men in AFV modeling that I’ve never met in person is Woody Vondracek, owner and designer of Archer Fine Transfers in Knightdale, NC. Woody had been producing dry transfers for aircraft for a while when he decided to venture into “ground targets.” He’s done innumerable transfer sets for Allied and German AFVs. There’s a quick learning curve to using dry transfers, which you rub onto the model, as opposed to water slide decals. But modelers swear by them for their ability to adhere to the surface without any stepped up rise off the model or “silvering” of the outside border. Transfers can also be rubbed onto decal film paper, soaked in water and slid onto the surface just like regular decals. This works better for small decals or severely irregular surfaces, like the folds of some uniform sleeves.

Woody actively solicits ideas from modelers through the various Internet discussion groups. A few years back, when I was looking at doing an Omaha Beach diorama, I approached him with the idea of doing infantry division insignia and service rank transfers. We collaborated via e-mails and phone for several months on this project, which produced a set of rank patches and a set of shoulder patches that represented the Rangers, 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions that landed at Omaha. That in turn led Woody to create the other divisional insignia below.

If you’re wondering about the rationale for the grouping of divisions within each set, it’s due to keeping costs down by producing similarly colored patches together as a batch.

FG35017 U.S. WWII rank uniform patches
FG35018 U.S. WWII Ranger and Infantry uniform patches
FG35019 U.S. Armored Division uniform patches
FG35023 U.S. 1st, 4th, 24th and 63rd Infantry Division Patches
FG35024 U.S. 9th and 38th Infantry Division and 82nd Airborne Uniform Patches
FG35025 U.S. 10th, 30th, 31st, and 37th Infantry Division Patches and 11th Airborne
FG35026 U.S. 6th, 12th, 25th, 28th and 45th Infantry Division Patches
FG35027 U.S. Tank Destroyer Vehicle Markings and Uniform Patches
FG35028 U.S. 2nd, 5th, 7th, 27th, 32nd, 34th, and 43rd Infantry Division Patches
FG35029 U.S. 8th, 23rd, 35th, 40th, and 44th Infantry Division Patches
FG35030 U.S. 3rd and 17th Infantry Division and 13th, 17th, 101st Airborne patches
FG35031 U.S. 26th, 29th, and 36th Infantry Division Patches
FG35032 U.S. 41st and 42nd Infantry Division Patches and Rangers

Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © 2002—2007 Timothy S. Streeter