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Hudson & Allen Studios - U.S. Equipment, 1/16 Scale

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1/16th scale

During the War of 1812, Samuel Wison, an army meat inspector began stamping “U.S.” on barrels of salted meat bound for military rations. Jokes began spreading that the U.S. stood for “Uncle Sam.” The term soon became used to mean the U.S. government and was used by groups in Vermont and New York who opposed the War of 1812 as a derogative term for the government. The term, “Uncle Sam” first appeared in print in 1813 in a Troy, New York newspaper. Thus, the marking of military equipment can be tied to one of our country’s most popular political icons, “Uncle Sam.” The practice of marking “U.S.” on canteen covers, ammunition pouches, field packs, entrenching tool covers, tents, blankets, duffel bags, packing chests, and just about everything else continues right up to the present day. Until now, you had to either attempt to hand paint these markings, use tiny 1/72nd scale aircraft decals and cut the A.F. off of the U.S.A.F., or do as most do and just leave them off altogether. As wartime photos show, these markings are able to be seen and should be included when modeling. It is one of those little details that is oftentimes overlooked, but which will be noticed when included. You will be amazed at how much more realistic your figures will look with these decals in place. With the wonderful figures available on the market these days, the readily available books on U.S. equipment, and the really beautiful paint jobs that we see modelers producing, why not do it right! We give you several different fonts and sizes taken from real equipment. If you are unsure of which size or font to use, consult your reference material. We have marked the decal sheets to aid you somewhat in the selection, but many different markings were used during the same time period as a result of many manufacturers making equipment for the military.

Anyone who has ever used water slide decals is familiar with the procedure for using "HUDSON & ALLEN” decals. The area to receive the decal should be coated with a clear gloss to give a good surface for the decal to adhere to. This will also help to hide the decal film. After consulting your references to determine which size “U.S.” you need to use and its correct placement, carefully cut the desired part out from the decal sheet. Soak the cut out decal in warm water until the decal can easily be slid off the paper backing. Do not slide the decal off the paper backing until you have removed the decal and backing paper from the water and are ready to position the decal. You may wish to lightly moisten the area of the model that is to receive the decal. You may also wish to use one of several decal “setting solutions” to help the decal lie flat on the model and to conform to the surface of any curves or wrinkles. Now carefully slide the decal from the paper backing and onto the model. Discard the paper backing, and gently pat the excess water from the surface of the decal and model using a cotton swab, a lint free cloth, or a piece of tissue. While patting the decal, make sure that no air bubbles are trapped under the surface of the decal. If air bubbles are present, carefully work them to the edge of the decal and out from under it. Be careful not to move your decal out of position while patting it. although, at this stage. it is easy to push it back into place. Wait at least 24 hours before handling your figure to proceed to the next step. After the decals are completely dry, they should be covered with a clear flat paint to protect the decal and to hide the decal carrier film. We have chosen to manufacture our decals using the thinnest film possible, but you must still build up a thin layer of clear flat thick enough to hide the carrier or the effect of having the “U.S.” markings stenciled on the equipment will be lost. With a little patience and a little practice you will soon be comfortable with the process, and be producing beautifully decaled models.