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UK Indy Armoured Brigade Signs
UK Independent Armoured Brigade Unit Signs: Summer 1943-Spring 1945
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by: Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]

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Archer Fine Transfers continues its almost epic process of documenting the many placard and AOS (arm of service) insignia used by UK and Commonwealth units during the period leading up to the Normandy Invasion (D-Day) right through to the end of World War II. Its latest offering is one for Independent Armor Brigade Unit Signs.


Inside the usual AFT glassine envelopes are two sets of color AOS signs in three sizes good for use on most vehicles.

the review

The sheets cover a wide variety of units, including:

Divisional Reconnaissance Regiment
HQ Middle Infantry Brigade & Light Aid Detachment REME
Middle Infantry Brigade, Infantry Battalion Nr. 1
Middle Infantry Brigade, Infantry Battalion Nr. 2
Middle Infantry Brigade, Infantry Battalion Nr. 3
Middle Infantry Brigade Support Group

A complete list can be found here for AR77033.

The printing is by Cartograf, so there is no question that the quality will be first rate.

There's not really much to "review here": these markings are worlds apart better than the decals in almost any kit I've seen. They're from Cartograf, so what else would you expect? And the set includes the white bars used for units larger than a division: across the top for a corps, across the bottom for an army and diagonally for Army Groups and General HQ. These are included in the sets, something I have not found with most kit markings.


For UK and Commonwealth modelers, these sets are essential. Kit markings are not only more-limited in scope, but also tend to be of lower quality. These really make a difference on your build, and the sharp printing will stand out even from a distance.

Our thanks to Archer Fine Transfers for providing these review samples. Please be sure to mention you saw them reviewed on Armorama when ordering.

Highs: The usual Archer high quality, including excellent colors, vivid hues, crisp printing, exquisite detail.
Lows: None that are apparent.
Verdict: Another must-have set for Allied armor modelers from the company that sets the bar.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: AR77033
  Suggested Retail: $10.50
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 07, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Bill Cross (bill_c)

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Thanks, Darren, for getting this one live.
APR 07, 2015 - 01:21 AM

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