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Help!
Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Saturday, October 16, 2021 6:26 PM

Aaaargh! One of the most important decals on my 1/48 Wildcat got all torn up. The identical decal on the opposite side of the plane is done for. 



Anyone have a replacement they don't want? 

If not, I'm gonna have to buy another whole decal set...

Tongue Tied

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by RacerToo on Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:04 PM

What's the decal sheet? I've got quite a few vintage sheets. Number and/or scan would be helpful.

 

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:11 PM

Hi, and thanks for writing! :)

The sheet I had was Techmod Decals 1/48 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat Fighter with stock number 48018.

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Sunday, October 17, 2021 2:49 PM

It doesn't look bad. Some touch up with insignia yellow at the top. Mod Podge would help tame those bubbles.

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Sunday, October 17, 2021 2:58 PM

Thank you for the tips; the decals were difficult this time around. Unfortunately, the decal that looks like that one on the opposite side of the plane is done for. I’ve gotta replace that one.

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by Pawel on Sunday, October 17, 2021 4:51 PM

John - Techmod is a Polish company, if you need help contacting them maybe I could do something for you. Good luck finding the marking you need and have a nice day

Paweł

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Sunday, October 17, 2021 10:38 PM

Thank you, Pawel! Do you think the company would send me a replacement? 

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by fox on Monday, October 18, 2021 12:00 AM

John, if you are going to use decals that you think are old and might break up when using, I have a suggestion for you. Get yourself a spray can of Testors Decal Bonder available at HobbyLobby for $8.95 and is listed as in stock. I have used this before when using old decals. It does work and works well. There is only one small problem with it. If you spray a sheet of decals with it, it makes it 1 complete decal and you have to cut each individual one off the sheet separately as close as possible. 

If you use older decals that have yellowed with age, tape them to the inside of a window that gets a lot of sunlight. Keep a watch on them and you will see the yellowing bleach out. Some will take as little as 2 days and some take more. When the yellowing goes away, spray them with the Decal Bonder. 

These two steps have saved a lot of decals for me as I've built (and keep building) older kits.

Hope that this helps a little. 

Jim Captain

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Monday, October 18, 2021 1:23 PM

Thanks, Jim! The odd thing is, I just bought this sheet of decals! For some reason, it was incredibly difficult to get them separated from the decal paper (and they were pretty fragile). 

I have to say, though, the one I need to replace was a result of silly putty I was trying to mask the area with because I had to paint something; and unfortunately, I didn't do it before decaling. It worked over other decals, but not that one. :(

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Monday, October 18, 2021 1:24 PM

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     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by wpwar11 on Monday, October 18, 2021 3:46 PM

 I have this 1/48 sheet from the Tamiya F4F Wildcat.  If you want them just message me.

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 1:52 PM

Thank you for your kind offer, but I really need the star insignia with a yellow border. It did give me an idea, though, that perhaps I could somehow paint the yellow border. I haven't tried to do that before, though...Confused

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 2:57 PM

When I start a new kit now I always scan the decal sheet into my computer.  If I screw up a decal I can make an inkjet copy.  Twenty years of development has made the process pretty easy now.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 3:14 PM

John - we might try to write them and ask!

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 3:17 PM

Why not try contacting Techmod direct?  They're Polish, but they do offer an English version of their website:

https://techmod.pl/index.php?language=en

 

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 5:35 PM

Yeah, excellent idea - I just wanted to offer my help if there was any misunderstanding or issues with shipment, something like that

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 6:16 PM

the Baron

Why not try contacting Techmod direct?  They're Polish, but they do offer an English version of their website:

https://techmod.pl/index.php?language=en

 

 



Pawel

Yeah, excellent idea - I just wanted to offer my help if there was any misunderstanding or issues with shipment, something like that

 

 

Thank you, both. I checked out the english website you provided, but I couldn't find their contact info. Am I missing something?

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:15 AM

It's a little convoluted, but I've found it:

dominika@techmod.pl

Please tell us what they said! Good luck and have a nice day

Paweł

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:39 AM

Yes you could paint the yellow border first then apply the star decal.use a circle template and hold the appropriate diameter against the model and carefully airbrush Tamiya flat yellow,then apply your fave gloss coat and when dried the decal can be applied normally.

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 11:59 AM

Just in case you can't get anywhere with Techmod, there are Operation Torch decal sets available on the market.  Yellow Wings, for example, has this sheet of national insignia with the yellow ID band:

http://store.yellow-wingsdecals.com/48-049-u-s-national-insignia-nov-1942-op-torch-13-95.html

MicroScale and ROP also have sheets.  I don't know if they're still in print, but a web search on "operation torch decals" returned some hits for those brands on eBay.

Good to have a backup plan, just in case.

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:07 PM

Pawel

It's a little convoluted, but I've found it:

dominika@techmod.pl

Please tell us what they said! Good luck and have a nice day

Paweł

 

Thank you, and I'll keep you posted!

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:09 PM

philo426

Yes you could paint the yellow border first then apply the star decal.use a circle template and hold the appropriate diameter against the model and carefully airbrush Tamiya flat yellow,then apply your fave gloss coat and when dried the decal can be applied normally.

 



the Baron

Just in case you can't get anywhere with Techmod, there are Operation Torch decal sets available on the market.  Yellow Wings, for example, has this sheet of national insignia with the yellow ID band:

http://store.yellow-wingsdecals.com/48-049-u-s-national-insignia-nov-1942-op-torch-13-95.html

MicroScale and ROP also have sheets.  I don't know if they're still in print, but a web search on "operation torch decals" returned some hits for those brands on eBay.

Good to have a backup plan, just in case.

 

Thanks for the tips! It would be difficult to try painting the yellow, but it is an option. Buying replacements would be simpler--just more costly I suppose. Pros and cons. :)

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 5:17 PM

I received an email response. It sounds like they are going to send me a replacement! Hopefully, it gets here fast! :)

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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