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Modern US Ranks and Insignia
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Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 04:33 PM UTC
Mario Matijasic reviews a very useful set of 1/35 scale Modern US Army Rank Marking and Regiment Insignia decals produced by Authentic Decals.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 07:31 AM UTC
I don't see why right shoulder flags only would be a problem? Typically flags are worn only on the right shoulder. In my opinion inclusion of left shoulder flags would be waste of space on the sheet.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 07:54 AM UTC

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I don't see why right shoulder flags only would be a problem? Typically flags are worn only on the right shoulder. In my opinion inclusion of left shoulder flags would be waste of space on the sheet.



Typically yes, but I've seen them worn on both shoulders... besides, those patches are also worn on the front of different body armor setups and SF soldiers tend to add them to their helmets as well. So, I don't think both orientations would be a waste of space.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 08:50 AM UTC
Brian

I think the 2nd and 3rd Armor Div and 11th ACR patches are waste, those divisions were disbanded in the 1990s. Some of the other ones I don't recognize either. Maby Reserves or Nat Guard?

Just my thoughts.

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Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 07:27 AM UTC

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thought that too, but, some people wear patches of their previous units on the other side,


Combat patches.
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Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 09:42 AM UTC
Exac tly.

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Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 09:57 AM UTC
Very nice idea, however, I'm not sure how useful they are. There is a thickness to the patches that using a decal cannot replicate. For the truly obsessed, you would have to first make a backing out of .005 styrene, paint it (to hide the white edges) cement it in place, and then apply the decal. Thankfully, my unit finds the wearing of these patches somewhat of a distraction, so doing me and my posse would be relatively easy.
That said, I see a Mountain tab, but no SF tab. I feel slighted. What if I wanted to portray a CONUS SF dude?
The 95th Division is a reserve unit (9 with a V transposed over it) and MIGHT have been seen by those drill sergeants sent to KMTC around '94 or 95, and ONLY there. Possible, but not likely.
Another item that might be useful is the plethora of "I love me" badges, ie, CIB, CFMB, Basic/Senior Parachutist wings, Dope on a Rope wings, Pathfinder, Recruiting badge, Yes, I've seen all of these worn in THEATER! I don't get it, but there you go. They could be resin decals like Archer does to give them some thickness.
Oh, and I'd like to see some others as well, like the fun meter, the suck meter, FDNY logo for baseball caps, and Tactical Squirrel'sSecret Squirrel patch.