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Decals over gaps

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  • Member since
    October 2022
Decals over gaps
Posted by Theo79 on Sunday, October 30, 2022 9:56 PM

Hi everyone! 

I have a question about applying decals over gaps. I have cut open some panels on a 1/48 Spitfire and I wonder how best to apply the decal roundel over the now open gun bay

i searched everywhere but I can't find anything On the topic. I guess I need to measure carefully and cut the decal while it's still on the paper and dry. Is there any other option or tip? 


Tags: decals , gaps , panels
  • Member since
    April 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by Jon_a_its on Monday, October 31, 2022 11:41 AM

1: If you can lay the original panel over the gun bay, tack with pva/elmers, but make sure there is no pva on the surface.

Carefully lay decal over the cover & wing, (do not use solva set). allow to dry.

Then carefully slice the panel lines, peel off the the pva with a cocktail stick, & solvaset the decals afterwards if needed.

2: If you have a Tamiya kit, get the markings/decal layout sheet, copy it, lay decals in the correct position on the layout sheet, & carefully cut the decals.

Otherwise enlarge the markings sheet to the size of the model, & as #2.

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  • Member since
    October 2022
Posted by Theo79 on Monday, October 31, 2022 4:06 PM

Thanks for the tips! Especially using the marking sheet in actual size as a stencil! I'll give it a go. 

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 8:46 AM

I have made decal windows for small scale airliners by just putting a single strip of clear decal over the strip of windows.  Since you will be cutting out the open areas (I assume) you will not be concerned about the sag of the decal in the opening.  I'd try it.  It would be nice if you copy and print a spare decal on decal paper first.


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