First off you need to understand that these are "Victory" posters, not propaganda posters, because propaganda is what the OTHER guy does, not us!! From the very first Paul Revere/Henry Pelham etching of "The Bloody Massacre Perpetuated in King's Street" we have been subjected to all manner of attempts to provide information, get us to work harder or smarter, boost our morale, participate in various war efforts, or, sometimes, just plain hate someone.
Now to go along with their previous releases of German and Italian propaganda posters Archer Fine Transfers have released a set of U.S. Victory Posters for the 1/35 scale world. This set is actually the fourth such set of U.S. posters and pin-up girls that have been released.
What you get inside your typical Archer packaging is twenty "Victory Posters" printed on good bond paper using waterproof inks. Only one of the posters is duplicated, the famous Uncle Sam "I Want You" poster.
The posters are a nice mix of different types; four of the posters are for the War Food Administration campaign for Victory Gardens, canning, and fulfilling the harvest needs; another four are for War Bonds; and four are of the "Loose Lips Sink Ships' type warnings against loose talk. You also get a pair of different submarine posters, one extolling the benefits of the Submarine Service (apparently you are issued a good looking dame!), another asks you to turn in your high quality binoculars to help keep enemy subs away. You also get the two Uncle Sam posters as well as the famous "This is the Enemy" poster of the stylized monocled Nazi leader. In addition to these you also get a poster urging you to "Order Coal NOW!", another from the War Production Board "Lets Be Our Own Inspectors", and finally another recruiting poster for the Army.
I decided to cut one out and give it a quick weathering to see how it looked. The results are here to the right. I wet it and crumpled it, worked a bit on the creases and straightened it all out to see how it looked. The whole process took me about a minute and I must say I was impressed with how it looks.
Another high quality product from Archer Fine Transfers. They would look great in a number of different vignettes or dioramas, their uses are limited only by the imagination.
Highs: High quality, ease of use. Very inexpensive way to dress up or add a splash of color to a diorama. Lows: None that come to mind. Verdict: Highly recommended. These are the kinds of things that are always nice to have hanging around the spares bin.
About Rick Cooper (clovis899) FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
I have been modeling for about 30 years now. Once upon a time in another century I owned my own hobby shop; way more work than it was worth. I tip my opti-visor to those who make a real living at it. Mainly build armor these days but I keep working at figures, planes and the occasional ship.