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When finished, my model car will have 177 decals on it. That sounds nuts to me.

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When finished, my model car will have 177 decals on it. That sounds nuts to me.
Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, May 22, 2021 4:54 PM

I am currently building a Tamiya 1/24 scale Ferrari FXXK with the decal upgrade sheet. Sixty seven decals are included with the the kit.   

The decal upgrade sheet has a whopping 110 carbon fiber decals ????? The total number of decals is 177! That must be a record number of decals that need to applied to a model car kit. I fear that this will take forever. 

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, May 22, 2021 6:02 PM

Ya but man that will look cool

Thanks,

John

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, May 22, 2021 6:40 PM

Don't know whether you've ever done something like a freshly-recamouflaged Phantom jet...but with stencils, it can run to about the same total -- only much tinier decals.

Still, it looks like a cool project!

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, May 22, 2021 7:49 PM

"Qitcher bitchin".

No seriously that's a challenge and look forward to the results.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by wpwar11 on Sunday, May 23, 2021 5:58 AM

Carbon fiber on this car is a must.  I agree with the others.  It's going to look really cool.  

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, May 23, 2021 8:32 AM

Patience is an important skill in model building.  When doing a repetitive task that takes a lot of patience, take frequent breaks.  Try to avoid hurrying the build the night before a contest.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, May 23, 2021 10:38 AM

As I expected, it's going to take a long time to apply the carbon fiber decals. They are applied over contoured surfaces and need a lot of setting soulution to allow them to "sit down" properly. I tried appling the decals over unpainted surfaces but the decals didn't adhere very well even after I washed the plastic parts with Simple Green. I solved this problrm by first scrubbing the plastic parts with a paper towel soaked with Microscale MicroSet. The MicroSet seemed to remove the plastic's slick surface. 

The kit's instructions recommended that Tamyia Mark Fit "strong" decal setting solution be used. I always used Microscale products to help set decals, but I figured that I'd give Mark Fit a try. It's thicker than the Microscale products. This stuff works really well. It increases the flexability of the decals but doesn't soften the decals to the extant that MicroSol does. I used a stiff paint brush to move the decals around and into the correct position. I also used the paintbrush to press the decals onto the contoured surfaces.  I'll try to take some photos, but taking a photo of black Carbon Fiber isn't easy.

 

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 1:57 PM

Oho!

 Breathe in, breathe out. Now one piece at a time. DO NOT Try To Hurry AT ALL!!! You CAN do this.This Car deserves nothing less!

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Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 3:20 PM

Thanks for the positive words. I agree, I need to go slow when applying the decals.

An update on  this model can be found here:  http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/4/p/188354/2163673.aspx#2163673

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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