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Help with 1/700 scale carrier plane decals

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    December, 2014
Help with 1/700 scale carrier plane decals
Posted by Johnef on Thursday, January 11, 2018 5:25 AM

I'm having a terrible time applying the decals to 1/700 carrier airplanes. Any suggestions on how to get them to stick will be greatly appreciated.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:30 AM

Have you put something to gloss up the area where you are applying the decals.  Making those areas glossy is primarily done to prevent silvering, but it also helps very small decals adhere.  A little bit of decal setting solution also helps.  Do not use solvent during application.  Also, just a slight wetting with the setting solution- too much and it will float the decal away.  For decals on small parts like that, I daub it with cotton swab as soon as it is in the right place.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    December, 2014
Posted by Johnef on Thursday, January 11, 2018 2:20 PM

Thank you, I'll try that

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    October, 2016
Posted by Mrchntmarine on Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:00 PM

I did some tiny planes w/o glossing and it was terrible. Was my 1st try and I didn’t know any better. Now I know just a little more. I glossed the spots then used micro set and micro sol.  The result was much much better. 

  • Member since
    February, 2018
Posted by Captain Mike on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 9:54 AM

I appreciate the info regarding the tiny decals. I have a simple question...some of the F14 fighter plane decals are super tiny (star on the wings etc.) Do you cut out each decal? and what tools have proved to work best to transfer to the wingsfrom the decal paper?

Thanks much

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, February 22, 2018 7:14 AM

Captain Mike

I appreciate the info regarding the tiny decals. I have a simple question...some of the F14 fighter plane decals are super tiny (star on the wings etc.) Do you cut out each decal? and what tools have proved to work best to transfer to the wingsfrom the decal paper?

Thanks much

 

This can be a real pain, depending on how closely the decals are printed on the sheet.  But I do cut out each one, lay the decal and paper close to where the decal goes, then slide it from the paper to the model surface.  I use very small tip, sharp tweezers (the Pixnor ones mentioned in the Tools forum about a year ago).

 

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    February, 2018
Posted by Captain Mike on Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:37 PM

Thanks Don...your method sounds good...just need to be really patient..

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