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Instrument panels and their decals
Posted by 7474 on Thursday, May 18, 2017 11:45 PM

Today I just bought the Hobby Boss 1/48 P-38L, and I really like the Red Bull's P-38 with its polished aluminum all over, this used the be the "White Lightning" that crash landed after an engine failure(IIRC). I want to do try to do a NMF build and have Alclad II, so this will be a perfect candidate for me to try a new technique. 

 

My question is that after opening the box, I saw that the instrument panel has the recesses for the instruments, but the kit comes with a decal for the panel and instruments. I would like to use the decals for the instruments. How do others deal with this? I was thinking of 3 possibilities: 1) drill holes in the panel, create a back panel and put the decal on this, creating a sandwich of sorts. 2) sand off the detail from the panel and apply the decal on top 3) try to somehow cut out the individual instruments and apply them into their respective recesses. What are the thoughts? This P-38 isn't the first kit I've seen this with. 

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, May 18, 2017 11:59 PM

You can use a punch to cut the instruments from the decal and install them individually.  Your idea of drilling out the instruments is also a good one, but I think I would thin down the panel from the back instead of drilling them, and then punch out the thin plastic to clear the holes.  Or be lazy like many of us and get an Eduard PE panel.

John

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Posted by rooster513 on Friday, May 19, 2017 8:20 AM

You can usually get a pretty good result by just placing the decal over the raised detail, making sure the decal lines up with the instruments on the plastic and hit it with some micro-sol. Should settle down nicely depending on the quality of the decal. Adding a drop of clear to simulate glass also adds a nice touch. Here is a IP I did for my Tamiya P-47 recently. It can be a pain to line everything up and make sure it doesn't move when applying the micro-sol but just takes some patience.

 

-Andy

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Posted by kg4kpg on Friday, May 19, 2017 8:25 AM

rooster513

You can usually get a pretty good result by just placing the decal over the raised detail, making sure the decal lines up with the instruments on the plastic and hit it with some micro-sol. Should settle down nicely depending on the quality of the decal. Adding a drop of clear to simulate glass also adds a nice touch. 

 

 
This works good when the panel has good texture. The last one I did like this I also put a drop of future on the instrument face and it made a lensing effect that help the gauge marking stand out some.
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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, May 19, 2017 8:54 AM

I use your option 1.  Carefully drill holes in the panel, make a new piece for behind it, and place the decal on that rear piece.  Works great.  If the decal is shiny enough, that does it.  Otherwise put a drop of gloss clear, or some of that window making stuff, in each gauge hole.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Friday, May 19, 2017 11:19 AM

You know, sanding it down would be one simple option.  An option that I would do is to order a PE interior color set.  Keeping things simple sometimes makes sense.  Just my humble opinion.

Toshi

 

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Posted by 7474 on Friday, May 19, 2017 2:51 PM

THanks for the replies. I think I'll drill out the holes, make a back piece and place the decal on it. I found a few pics and watching many of the videos of the Red Bull P-38 and Corsair on YOuTube, it looks like the -38 has a white interior, so a pre colored PE isn't going to work. I've normally just painted the instruments but they look awful. 

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