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    October, 2018
Decals for VP-40 P-3C Orion
Posted by Jimd0586 on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 9:00 AM

Good morning all. A friend asked me to make a model of her old squadron's P-3C Orion, the Fighting Marlins. I bought the 1/72 Hasegawa kit (k-15) off ebay and it is currently on it's way. I showed her the pic on the box and asked if this was her aircraft. She mentioned the aircraft number was incorrect (fairly easy fix) but that the tail emblem of the fighting marlin has changed. It is no longer the marlin that is included in the kit. Any suggestions on what to do? Is there a more up to date decal set for VP-40? I couldn't find one anywhere. Anyone have any experience with custom emblems?

 

Thanks all.

 

- Jim

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    August, 2013
  • From: Michigan
Posted by Straycat1911 on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 9:23 AM

IF she can provide you with good pictures of the updated artwork, trace the outline of the tail on paper to give him a size reference and get hold of Thomas Logan at Speedwaydecals.com. 

He does custom decals (mainly for cars) but he’s done a couple aircraft items for me and they came out beautiful. Expect to pay somewhere around $35-$40 for his work. 

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Posted by Jimd0586 on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 10:09 AM

Thanks Straycat1911. I will look into that. The best I can do right now is provide the following link to a pic of what the tail emblem now looks like:

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/31292545@N07/43459571611

 

Not sure how I will get that any bigger and more detailed for a custom decal.

 

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    October, 2018
Posted by Jimd0586 on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 10:13 AM
Thomas Logan is no longer taking custom decal orders. :(
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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 10:29 AM

Sometimes it works to contact the VP-40 veterans group and ask online. There are always

history buffs in squadron groups.

https://www.vp40.navy.mil/

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    October, 2018
Posted by Jimd0586 on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 10:58 AM

Thanks for the suggestion. I emailed the Webmaster. Maybe, just maybe... I will get something positive back.

 

My luck they changed the emblem just as my friend joined the Navy and the kit was issued prior to the change! I may need to print one out myself. I have printed out decals but never made them. Anyone know what computer program works best for that?

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    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 5:55 PM

Jimd0586
I have printed out decals but never made them. Anyone know what computer program works best for that?

I've done projects like this for years with nothing fancier than MS-Paint. As long as you can start with a good clear image, pretty much any graphics or art program should do the job.

Good luck!

 

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, December 09, 2018 6:45 AM

You could try an inkjet decal.  Because that emblem has white in it, it is a challenge for an inkjet decal but not impossible.  You would have to make two decals and layer them, Fred Cady style.  At worse you ruin parts of two sheets of decal paper.

In order to get a better result I think you would need a bigger, higher res photo.  Try a google image search using squadron ID and word "logo".  Then print  copies, some on white decal paper, one on clear.  Make extra copies on each paper for spares.  The copies of white decals need to be cut out exactly (one reason for extra) because the decal film is white.  The clear decal does not need to be cut so exact, since it will have clear film.

Apply a white decal first.  Let it dry thoroughly, then apply a clear one in perfect register.  Of course you need to gloss the decal area before any decal to avoid silvering.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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