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Zimmerit-Edge Balkenkreuz

Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner


Stock Number and Description Archer Transfers Zimmerit-Edge Balkenkreuz AR35212
Scale: 1/35
Media and Contents: Rub down decals
Price: USD$9.95 available online from Archer Fine Transfers
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Excellent printing, good colour density, variety of sizes.
Recommendation: Recommended



One of the problems of applying decals on zimmerit is that the design can be too “neat”. Due to the irregularity of the surface to which they are applied, numbers, insignia etc often show a rough outline which is confirmed in contemporary photos. Obviously this effect will be much reduced in 1/35th scale but in many cases it will be noticeable.

Archer has released a sheet of Balkenkreuz to cater for such an occurrence. These crosses are printed with the idea of leaving both the white and black outlines slightly uneven. The effect is quite subtle but convincing.

Applying the crosses onto a zimmerit surface will be a challenge in itself. The application must be done very carefully so as not to damage the product. I have found that once the transfer has been coaxed off the backing paper, a soft brush can help to push it into place. Using this “rub-on” method, there will be no risk of “silvering”.

As with all their transfers, they can be applied both “dry” (as above) or as water-slide examples. The later merely involves burnishing the item onto some clear decal film and floating the object onto the model’s surface. This will be the safer way to apply the product but does run the risk of trapping air bubbles, leading to the aforementioned silvering problem.

Handling can often damage the images so a clear coat is recommended. There will be no adverse reaction from any of the known coverings as long as they are applied in thin coats.


This is a novel idea and Archer is to be commended for making it available.
The outline of the cross is more in keeping with many of the examples seen in photos, and it will help personalize your subject.

With the builder able to choose their method of application over this difficult surface, the success of the finished model is made easier.


Text and Images by Rob Baumgartner
Page Created 24 March, 2006
Page Last Updated 04 May, 2006