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Painting AMT USS Defiant

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    August 2016
Posted by Doc Hu on Sunday, December 5, 2021 6:56 PM

Hi, Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner but I will definitley try the decal trick, BTW I am actuall trying to paint the Defiant freehand so I have given up coffee for the duration..


Thanks, Doc

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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 4:25 PM

Just browsing and saw your problem. Whenever I have yellowed decals, I pick the window in the house that gets the most sunlight and tape the decal sheet to it (on the inside of course) and keep a watch on it. Some sheets take a day or two and some may take longer but the sunlight will bleach out the yellowing. I build mostly WWI & WWII planes and my stash contains many OLD kits with yellowed decals. I have saved around 90% of decals that I would otherwise have had to chuck in the trash and "hopefully" find replacements. An extra failsafe is to use a coat of Testors Decal Bonder on those sheets too after the yellow is gone to prevent age cracking. Hope that this helps.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

PS - Test one of the decals on the sheet you won't be using on the model to be sure it doesn't crack out.


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Posted by Doc Hu on Thursday, November 18, 2021 10:09 PM

I removed the mask and the previous paint appears to be ok. decals are turning yellow so I may have to replace them, I believe I may just try painting freehand and see how it turns out Airbrushes are  nice but in my experience it's fairly difficult preveting bleeding with so much of the "Aztec" paint style needing masking and, waiting for once surface to dry, masking for another shade, masking  etc etc etc.



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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 6:09 PM

You said years ago?  What condition is the mask you have on the ship?  Sometimes it might go bad and refuse to come off or leave parts of the covering on the surface or take paint off with the tape.  You might want to check.

How are the decals?

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  • From: Atlanta, GA
Posted by Mustang8376 on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 2:22 PM

God luck.  Looking forward to seeing how it looks.

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Completed:  1/48 Hasegawa F-16C, 1/48 Revell Mig-21PFM, 1/48 Revell/Monogram AH-64A, Revell/Monogram 1/48 F-14D, AMT 1/420 USS Defiant, AMT 1/650(?) USS Enterprise, 1/72 Bandai VF-1J, AMT 1/537 USS Reliant, Academy 1/35 M1-A1 Abrams, Academy 1/48 F-86F30, Linbergh's USS Gato 

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Posted by Doc Hu on Sunday, October 31, 2021 10:10 AM
Thank you so much.... Now I can at least try to paint it correctly. I got about 1/3 of it masked several years ago then moved on to other projects and the urge to finish it struck me yesterday at about 6:00 pm. Hu woulda thought!
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Posted by Space Ranger on Sunday, October 31, 2021 5:13 AM
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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Sunday, October 31, 2021 5:10 AM

You can download them as a PDF here:

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Painting AMT USS Defiant
Posted by Doc Hu on Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:41 PM

Hi all.

I lost my instruction sheet for painting the USS Defiant from DS-9 and just recently had the urge to finish this kit after several years on the shelf. Can anyone help me find a copy of the instructions or help me find a copy of the painting details? 

Thanks !!!!


Doc Hu



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