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  • Member since
    April 2023
  • From: New mexico
old kit real old decals
Posted by John3M on Monday, February 12, 2024 12:14 PM

I purchased a Hubley car all metal from ebay. The parts seem ok but the decals look old. Part of the building is the decal for the white wall tires. The paper and decal look fragile but as of now they are intact on the decal paper. what should i consider prior to trying to use them? the car is pictured below it is a grab from a website, not mine. The whitewalls are large and not easily reproduceable. 



  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, February 12, 2024 2:12 PM

Pegasus makes white wall transfers.  And I thought I saw another company that did white wall decals.



  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, February 12, 2024 4:19 PM

John, if you want to make a try at saving those decals, get yourself a bottle of Microscale liquid decal film. You could try it out on one of the decals on the sheet that you are not going to use or just any old one you have laying around. The instructions say to just brush a coat on the decal, let dry for 15 minutes and then apply the decal as usual. 

I've used it on a few old models where the decals were cracked a little and the stuff worked great. 

Hope this helps. Good luck.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, February 12, 2024 5:52 PM

Draw the circles on the back of white decal film and cut out.

If you go the Microscale liquid, be sure to carefully cut the decals out exactly on their edges.



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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 10:59 AM


       What I have done in the past is much easier than trying to even save those decals. I go to Office Depot and get the thinnest label material I can get. Take it home,Draw the circles and using a brand new number 11 blade cut them out and install them on those tires.You can lock them in place with a shot of Clear Semi-Gloss or Flat-Your choice.This has been my Go-To for many years in Restos for friends.

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 7:54 AM

Inkjet decals work so great these days, Making your own decals work for me.  Inexpensive or free graphix programs can get rid of yellowing, increase contrast and color saturation to fix fading.  There is lots of clip art available with military subject stuff for making aircraft armor and navy decals.


  • Member since
    April 2023
  • From: New mexico
Posted by John3M on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 4:27 PM

i have never made inkjet decals how is it done what kind of paper?

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 10:12 PM

Testors used to sell a decal making kit. Not sure it's still available. It came with paper and decal coating spray.

One of the issues with making your own decals is that you can't print the color white unless you have a very expensive printer.

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    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, February 15, 2024 10:22 AM

I use the paper from micro mark most often, but I've used several other brands.  It is best to use a good graphics/photo-editor to correct any problems.  If available I just scan the d\kit decals, but if not available, or not the markings I want, I go to google images and find the images I need.  Rescaling usually is necessary for these- pretty simple math.

Now print them out with an inkjet printer.  I have used a cheap laser printer.  But I find even inexpensive inkjets have better resolution and tonal shading than cheap lasers. There are also laser decal papers available- be sure to use the correct decal paper to match printer.

NOW-IMPORTANT!  Carefully put the prints aside for three days.  Then clear coat.  I find Testors glosscoat or dullcoat works fine, but I find new clear acryics are good two.  Put one a light coat first, followed by a heavier coat latter.  Let dry a full day.  You do need to cut out each decal- the entire sheet is one big decal.  Then apply like any other decal.


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    April 2023
  • From: New mexico
Posted by John3M on Friday, February 16, 2024 7:04 AM

I airbrushed three lite coats of clear gloss on the decals and let it sit for twenty four hours I cut out a piece I wasn't going to use it worked ok I was concerned that the gloss would ruin it but it worked out. There was a little yellowing but it didn't hurt the decal.


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