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How To? - Flat decal over round airplane nose

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    December 2021
How To? - Flat decal over round airplane nose
Posted by davefr on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 10:02 AM

I'm by no means an pro modeler but am building a 1/90 DC-3 and one of the decaling steps is to use a decal for the semi-sphere aircraft nose as illustrated below.  Is this actually do-able to get a waterslide decal to go over an aircraft nose without major wrinkling? Any tips would be appreciated.  I've watched lots of decal videos but this seems like a really challege to look good.  Should I paint the nose instead?

Thanks! 

 

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Sunday, January 9, 2022 2:33 PM

Yes, it is doable, with great tender care.  Make the cuts carefully and use setting solution during application.  While still wet, apply decal solvent.  Prop up the aircraft so it sets vertical until dry.  Do not touch the decal while the solvent dries.  Usually you will require a second coat.  You can gingerly touch with a q-tip on that second coat.

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, January 17, 2022 8:45 AM

I find it easier to mask and spray the area. If you go the decal route then I suggest to use Solvaset, the stuff never fails.

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Posted by davefr on Monday, January 17, 2022 8:58 AM

Thanks guys.  I decided to hand paint the nose.  These decals aren't the greatest quality and I'm just not confident I could pull it off.

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, January 17, 2022 10:25 AM

davefr

Thanks guys.  I decided to hand paint the nose.  These decals aren't the greatest quality and I'm just not confident I could pull it off.

 

Yes

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 9:31 AM

Hi;

    Although I did those fussy little nose decals years ago I soon quit decaling and went for paint. NOT SORRY !

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, February 4, 2022 5:50 PM

I would paint #16, then take the other pieces and sort of fudge them around to fit

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