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  • Member since
    June, 2018
compound curves
Posted by ARDVARK003 on Saturday, August 11, 2018 5:11 PM

Hi everyone,  I think the subject pertty much explaines what I'm going to ask. Any advice on how to get a flat decal to conform to a compound surface? It beats me. I've tried cutting them cutting them a bit where the curve is going to take place, only to have them tear,and you can't cut them wet. I'm stumped. Most times I've ended up tapeing and painting. Any tips would be appericated. Thanks much  AARDVARK     Hope all your builds a going well.

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, August 11, 2018 5:25 PM

One thing you could try is a strong decal setting solution. When I have a situation that involves so-called compound curves I use Walthers Solvaset. The stuff is strong. It will bend a decal to its will. When I did the decals for my Monogram F6F-5 I used Solvaset on the decals. While there were no compound curves to speak of, the surface was covered with raised rivets. When I applied the Solvaset, the decal media disappeared and the old Monogram decals nestled down nicely arounf the rivet detail. The decals look like painted insignia. Just remember, don't touch the decal while the Solvaset is doing its job. The decal gets all wrinkley and distorted, but give it time. As the Solvaset evaporates, the decal will look like it's painted on. Really.

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  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, August 11, 2018 6:08 PM

Aard- I tend to go with painting.

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, August 11, 2018 6:11 PM

I use liberal and repeated application of microsol.  And dont touch it!





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