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Storefront Signage
Storefront Signage for the Netherlands and Belgium
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]

Introduction

As a company, Archer Fine Transfers should need no introduction as they are well known for their excellent range of dry transfers and, more recently, water based decals.
Recently they have released a range of building signage for various countries during the WW2 period and this is a look at two sets related to building signage for the Netherlands and Belgium.
The sets were researches and developed by Jerry Plettenberg.

the sets

Set AR35366W:
The set contains 6 storefront business signs for use in the Belgium/Netherlands border area. The signage is in white and the instructions contain suggested background building colours over which the signage can be applied. The signage can also be used on boards, windows etc.

These are Dry Transfers so you may need some clear decal film as applying them directly to a building or board may be awkward. With dry transfers it is important to note that each letter/number is in fact a separate symbol/letter.

Each sign also has a shop/business street number at the end and these would often appear on the door or window glass of the premises.
The instruction sheet provides a translation in English for each sign so you know what they mean and the options are:

• Smeet Bro. Vegetables and Fruit with shop number 34
• Bakery L. Van Maanen with shop number 57
• Shipping Company with shop number 567
• De Mol Gent’s Clothing with shop number 342
• Hardware Store with shop number 6
• Apothecary/Drugstore with shop number 234

Each sign is in a different size, style and font so there is nice natural individuality in the set.

In my sample a second sign for Gebrs. Smeets is provided as the original on the sheet has an incorrect spelling.

Set AR35366B:
Detail for this set are as per set AR35366W the only difference being is that in this set the store fronts are in black rather than white lettering. All other comments apply equally.

Conclusion

A useful set of shop and business signage to enhance or create a suitable finish to any sign or diorama you are making for this region.
There is a good range of font size and style within the signage and the only real choice you need to make is if you want the signage in black or in white letters and symbols.

Depending on where, and at what point, in construction you wish to place the signage you may need to consider using some clear decal film to make life easier.

If Archer Fine Transfers are new to you then check out the video tutorials on their site which are informative, well worth a viewing before you commence:
Archers Video Tutorials

Hopefully Archers will add some street names to their range to compliment these sets.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Quality dry transfers.
Lows: Additional clear decal film might be needed.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
87%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: AR35366W & AR35366B
  Suggested Retail: $6.95 ea.
  PUBLISHED: Sep 06, 2012
  NATIONALITY: Belgium
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 91.53%

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About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

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Comments

These are dry transfers and there is absolutely no reason to use clear decal for for applying these signs. The added bonus of having these as dry transfers is that they can be applied directly onto store windows with no clear film that would show up. For instructions on applying dry transfers go here: Video Tutorials Thank you, Woody Vondracek, owner ARCHER FINE TRANSFERS
SEP 07, 2012 - 06:09 AM
Hi Woody, I though I made it clear they were dry transfers. My point was that depending on where you were in the build it might be easier to use clear film as either would work. That didn't mean you have to. Cheers Al
SEP 08, 2012 - 03:06 AM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
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