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  • From: Riverton, Wyoming
Shuttle Tile Decals
Posted by Andrew Magoo on Thursday, June 23, 2011 1:23 AM

Several years ago Meteor Products made some very exquisite decal sheets for the 1/72 scale Space Shuttle models. I know the owner folded up shop but did anybody buy his stuff and start reproducing the decals and other items he made? Magoo

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Posted by dcaponeII on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 6:01 PM

There is a chap from England doing shuttle tile decals from photos that are outstanding.  You can locate him in Yahoo Group  Spacemodelers

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  • From: Riverton, Wyoming
Posted by Andrew Magoo on Friday, July 01, 2011 1:11 AM

Thank you, I'll give that a try, Magoo

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Posted by Liquid Magma on Saturday, March 26, 2016 11:47 AM

I while back I purchased the Cutting Edge 1:144 Space Shuttle Orbiter Tile Patterns decal set and am finally getting around to applying them to my model. The instructions state they are recommended for the Minicraft kit, but could not in good conscience purchase a kit with such blatant inaccuracies in the shape of the nose cone...makes you wonder how accurate the rest of the model could be if the nose cone is so far from the real thing. Instead I have the Revell 1:144 shuttle with boosters kit, which has some issues, but at least looks more accurate in shape.

Unfortunately the Cutting Edge decals don't come very close to matching the lines of the Revell kit at all. My first attempt was on one of the inboard flaps and found significant overhang as the Revell kit must have smaller inboard flaps and larger outboard flaps than Minicraft's. Applying a liberal amount of MicroSol was not enough to even budge the over handing portions. A little push with a paintbrush and the edges snapped over breaking along the edges of the flap. I finally had to resort to using some Tamiya liquid cement to get a few sections to conform.

So far I am not totally happy with the decal set as it doesn't come close to fitting this kit and the ink appears so thick that decal solvent seems to have little effect on getting the decals to lay flat. They seem to adhere okay in flat areas, but even the gentile curves on the orbiter surfaces are too much for these decals. Additionally, the underside tiles seem far too light in color, so I may have to go back and spray paint over them again to darken them. The patter also leaves a bit to be desired, especially around the window areas as they don't seem to conform to the window masks and seem a bit inaccurate for the area anyway.

If you have this decal set (out of production now) I would be cautious about using it. The effect is rather cool from a distance, but with all the difficulties getting them to conform and inaccuracies in the patterns, I'm considering removing them and sticking with paint.

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  • From: Central Cal
Posted by mhvink on Friday, April 01, 2016 12:36 PM

There is a guy on the ARCForums website, by the name of "Hotdog" that is working on a set of decals for the 1/144th Airfix shuttle that look outstanding.

Check out http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=278002

Mike

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Posted by Liquid Magma on Saturday, April 02, 2016 12:33 PM

Good to know Mike! If the decals print out as well as the graphics, they do look very accurate. I've considered getting the Airfix kit since I hear it is more accurate...maybe to add to my collection of spacecraft after I finish what I've started.

I've been able to get the Cutting Edge decals to sit better with some Solvaset, but had a few wrinkles come up. I'll probably spray over them with some darker colors to tone them down and might make my own decals for the window and crown area.

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  • From: Beaverton, OR
Posted by Ghostrider114 on Tuesday, April 05, 2016 1:30 PM
Given the inaccuracies of the kit it was designed for, I'm not surprised it didn't fit the Revell kit. Personally, I don't like those huge "cover everything" decals, it seems inevitable that you'll run into seams or wrinkles or tear the decal while trying to fit it on the model. I have a hard enough time getting normal small decals to go where I want them.

gsr
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Posted by gsr on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 2:30 PM
Warbird Decals makes tile decals for the Revel 1/144 Space Shuttle Kit.
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Posted by Putsie on Thursday, May 12, 2016 3:50 PM

I wonder if you could scan some pics of tiles and them make decals on blank decale paper?

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  • From: Riverton, Wyoming
Posted by Andrew Magoo on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 4:13 AM

Hi All, sorry for the delayed response. My laptop's hard drive failed and I now have to use my wife's computer. I should have asked a more detailed question. The decals and detail parts will be going on two 1/72 scale Revell shuttle models. I know these are large models but sheets would be better that painting the bottom then trying to decal each individual tile with its own identification numbers. Your comments are welcome, Andrew Magoo

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Posted by seastallion53 on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 12:34 AM

Warbird decals just put out 1/72 tile decals for the REV.kit

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  • From: Springfield, IL
Posted by Uncle_Meat on Saturday, July 30, 2016 6:54 PM

There is an outfit called the Lake County Space Port that appears to sell shuttle decals. I have not communicated with them yet. It might be worth a look.

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