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Custom Decal Font
Posted by rooster513 on Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:55 AM

Hi all. I'm looking to make some custom decals for a Meng B-17 that I'm doing for the Silly Egg GB. I just want to make the make the serial number tail code but I can't find a font that matches the 45deg lettering that is on WWII U.S aircraft. I've looked in Word and didn't find anything. I was able to make the numbers in a CAD program but have no way of filling them with the correct decal color. What do you guys use for this kind of thing? Any help is appreciated!

-Andy

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:35 AM

I've never used custom fonts myself, but is this perhaps what you're looking for? 

https://www.dafont.com/usaaf-stencil.font 

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Posted by rooster513 on Thursday, April 11, 2019 9:42 AM

That looks perfect Phil! Thank you very much, I'll give it a try! I've never printed custom decals so it'll be a learning experience. Which brand of paper do you suggest?

-Andy

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Thursday, April 11, 2019 11:44 AM

rooster513
I'll give it a try! I've never printed custom decals so it'll be a learning experience. Which brand of paper do you suggest?

I've used a bunch of different ones (I print my own decals a lot) and there doesn't seem a lot of difference between major brands. BareMetalFoil's 'Experts Choice' is my first choice, but I use a lot of Testors' as well.

Whichever brand, make sure the paper type matches your printer...inkjet for inkjet, laser for laser, etc. Most printers don't print white (white on the graphic image prints as clear), so if you're printing white or light colors you'll probably need to use white paper. If it goes against a colored surface, you'll need to print a matching color surround...and/or paint around, to match. Black or dark colors can be printed on clear paper.

And since you say you're new to the process, I'll go ahead and state the obvious. You'll likely need to seal your printed decals with some kind of clear sealer before using, to keep the inks from running. I like Testors Decal Bonder...but others seem to have good luck with other spray clears or acrylics.

Good luck!

Greg

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, April 12, 2019 6:48 AM

I seal mine with Testors Dullcoat or Glosscoat, depending on the  finish I am using them with.  However, with solvent based overcoat it is important to let the ink dry about three days, or else the overcoat may cause decals to run.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by rooster513 on Friday, April 12, 2019 7:15 AM

Thanks for the feedback guys! As anyone had good luck user a inkjet printer or are most of you using laser? 

-Andy

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Friday, April 12, 2019 7:43 AM

rooster513
As anyone had good luck user a inkjet printer or are most of you using laser?

Inkjet's all I've ever used, going on 15 yrs now. Never had access to a laser printer, don't know anything about them.

Of the several inkjets I've used for decals, all the best ones have been 'cheapie' all-in-ones, not something elaborate or purpose-designed. The real 'wild card' is simply the formula of inks that any given printer uses. There seem to be some that are just not well-suited to decals, that tend to bead up and run on decal-type papers. No way to tell (that I know of) until you try one out.

Greg

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"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, April 13, 2019 6:42 AM

I also use an inkjet for decals.  Inexpensive lasers do not have the resolution and the color range of inkjets, and I can't afford a really expensive one.  And laser decals also need a sealer, so I see no advantage of a laser printer for decals.  I have made a few laser decals for black on clear but I like the inkjet ones better.  Actually, there is one advantage of laser decals- you do not need to wait as long to overcoat them.  But I used up my laser decal paper and don't think it worth it to get a different batch.  Be sure to use the right decal paper for whichever printer you go with.  I tried to make laser decals on inkjet paper and the results were not good.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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