Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Oh Fun !

6 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Oh Fun !
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, November 5, 2020 11:38 AM

I used to hate Decals! Don't now!

         I am decalling Lindberg's battle damaged planes. The F-4-D and the A-4-F in 1/72 scale, so I am not Cockpitting them. Just plain O.O.B. Fun. Undamaged of course. The damaged parts look Hokey to me!

     Decalling, say that and I am gone! Leastwise, that's the way it was. These little fellers are so nice and handle so Easy, can't but help think, Lindberg didn't make these.

   These are actually better than the ones I have for the Clear M.E.262 and the Old Monogram Navy Torpedo Bomber"Helldiver"?

    Funny That I have or have had trouble with Decals from Tamiya and Monogram ain't it? That's not to say A.M.T. or Mobeius are any better. Trumpeter builds were okay. But, I used Pressure sensitive lettering for those ships.

     I think now I am going to have fun with decals. After 67 years you'd think they wouldn't scare me. Well, they don't anymore! I guess it's a carry-over from working on paper Models. The little paper parts have let me get a handle on being Very Gentle.

  • Member since
    July 2018
  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Friday, November 6, 2020 9:13 AM

I still despise them and use as few as possible on my builds. I prefer paint then if I screw up it's on me. With decals no matter what I do there is always silvering despite clear coat and using micro set/sol, or Tamiya markfit. I could just try printing my own but I don't care to buy an inkjet printer. Actually it's the cost of the ink that is the biggest detractor.  Anyhow, my stand on decals is no fun for me.



  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Friday, November 6, 2020 3:53 PM

Add another to the hating decals column.  In an early post  I mentioned moving to painting more insignia, etc. on my models.  The time it takes for them to look nice can be used to mask and paint.  just my opinion.  I did build a Tamiya Ferrari F1 car and the decals were awesome.  Go figure.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, November 7, 2020 8:55 AM

I have a love/hate relationship with decals.  The decals in kits vary so widely.  If the decals are good, I love working with them- if bad I hate it.

I have learned to print my own decals.  That way I can scan (I always scan decals before use, in case I make a mistake on my own) bad decals and replace any I can't use.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:27 AM
My favorite part of an aircraft build,brings the blank canvas to life,especially the garish birds of the 70's and 80's

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, November 7, 2020 10:22 AM


        That's what got me hooked some years back. I had foiled, Panel by Panel, a Monogram "Century Series" California A.N.G. F-100. I did this to show my Challenged students( All Veterans learning to live and work with prosthetics) that anything is possible.

        The Idea was to have them shoot for that, building with hand and finger prosthetics. Well, they got so good, they did something I didn't expect. They entered my plane( Without my Knowledge) in the National Veterans Creative Arts contest ( a V.A.Thing)

         Boy, was I Embarressed! My students in the arts got their Medals. Three Local Gold Medals, two Silver and eight Bronze . Then last but not least the presenter anounced a " Special, By request entry" Winning the " National Gold Medal in Model Aircraft" then he called my name.

         My students went ballistic with Applause and Cheers! Turns out, They convinced the Director of Recreational Sciences at Martinez.V.A facility to enter My model at their request! That's why to this day, I absolutely love Bare Metal Airplanes! I have even done a DeLorean Model car in Foil!


  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, November 8, 2020 3:55 PM

I also hate decals. I think that Tamyia has the worst decals. I just finished a 1/8 scale Tamyia F1 model and the decals just would not stick. Also, they tended to crack.


Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.