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Tamiya decals
Posted by STUBURT on Sunday, February 11, 2018 3:06 PM

Hello all, 

Just finishing up my first tamiya plane FW 190 

(Yes the one based on the wrong plane) super impressed with the fit of the parts but the decals are just plain horrible. Is this a tamiya thing or did I get a bad one? They break at the slightest touch some don't seem to want to leave their backing paper . Would definitely build tamiya again but should I go after market next time ? I would post pics but I've given up on that lol photobucket

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, February 11, 2018 3:12 PM

I just built my first Tamiya kit, 72nd 109, and had issdues with some of the decals breaking up. they are also rather thick. I am glad i have AM decals for some of my other Tamiya kits.

What scale was yours, i have the 72nd 190A-3, is this the same one.

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:45 PM

How old are the decals? I recently did the tamiya Tomcat and the decals were fine.

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Posted by STUBURT on Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:56 PM

@bish .No this was the 1/48 but yes very thick carrier film was kind of ridiculous as well. But yes they would break at the slightest touch.

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Posted by STUBURT on Sunday, February 11, 2018 4:59 PM

@plasticjunkie not sure how old but wasn't one that I pulled from the stash . Bought it around Christmas from the local hs

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, February 12, 2018 8:16 AM

I've done several Tamiya planes and used their decals without a problem. I can surely say that the Do335 I built was in my stash for about 12+ years and the decals were fine. It could be an isolated issue since Tamiya ia pretty decent about their quality control but it can happen. You can contact Tamiya via email and ask for a replacement sheet which you will get from them for free.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 7:00 AM

Decals do have a shelf life, so all will go bad eventually.

Now, whenever I build a kit, I first scan my decals.  Even if it is a new kit, I may screw up a decal during application. Most kits do not give you any extras, and I have successfully rescued kits by replacing a screwed up decal with an inkjet copy.

Also, for old decals, I do a test of the sheet.  Most decal sheets have the kit identification and mfg printed on the sheet, and this printing is actually a decal too. I cut that out and try to apply it to scrap plastic. If it shatters, I apply a decal film, like the Micro Scale stuff.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 7:40 AM

Don Stauffer

Also, for old decals, I do a test of the sheet.  Most decal sheets have the kit identification and mfg printed on the sheet, and this printing is actually a decal too. I cut that out and try to apply it to scrap plastic. If it shatters, I apply a decal film, like the Micro Scale stuff.

 

 
 
That is a great tip and one that I do on older sheets to see the condition.
 
I failed to do that on my Dora Hasegawa sheet from 2005 believing it wasn't that old and the spinner spiral desintegrated in the water. I applied 3 light coats of Superfilm from Microscale as I usually do to the selected decals. This stuff is great at saving old decals but not this time. Fracturing at the edges appeared and began to crack in center areas once applied to the model so I just scrapped the sheet and ordered an Eagle Editions one.

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Posted by STUBURT on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 7:41 PM

Super great tip gonna try it out. Thanks 

Finished it up though been on it a bit very happy with it minus the missing decal . Thanks all on to the next build Revell f15 strike Eagle gonna give it a go get away from the German planes for a bit . 

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