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Old 03-31-2016, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Cathay Pacific Green (Old Livery)

I would like to touch up a model I received. Horizontal stab fell off during shipping, and took some green with it. I refastend the stabilizer, but I'd like to touch up the green. Anyone know what the color is, if there is a readily-available green model paint that matches, or how I can go about doing this? Tips on how to not make it look like its touched up would be appreciated as well, since I am completely new to the world of model painting/customizing.

PS. I'd like to fix the reg number as its rubbed off a little too, but beggars can't be choosers!

Thanks so much!

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Old 04-01-2016, 07:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thats a bit of a shame. My best idea would be to use a decal if you have the skills/capability of printing your own off, or just happen to have suitable ones lying around (I suppose unlikely given your new to custom modeling). Just a small green square, try to get the colour to match as closely as possible, it will have nice straight edges and even if the colours are off a little at worst it will look like a doubler patch repair.

If you do want to use paint though, its unlikely the exact colour will be available, so just get as close as possible, then mix it with other colours until you get a match, just be aware though that the colour will change very slightly as it dries, so best to test match the paint after its dried on another surface. I have done this to good effect before, when a decal wasn't suitable.

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Thank you for the info! I found this, which I just ordered: https://shop.strato.com/epages/62035...ducts/STS20005

I think that I could cut a square out of that and follow your suggestion of applying on top of the imperfection (highly probable given my experience), or just using the entire set of decals so that it is uniform (highly unlikely given my experience!). Either way, this at least puts me in a position to decide.

Are there any tips for applying the decal properly? I don't want to ruin the aircraft any more than it already is
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Old 04-08-2016, 12:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you for the info! I found this, which I just ordered: https://shop.strato.com/epages/62035...ducts/STS20005

I think that I could cut a square out of that and follow your suggestion of applying on top of the imperfection (highly probable given my experience), or just using the entire set of decals so that it is uniform (highly unlikely given my experience!). Either way, this at least puts me in a position to decide.

Are there any tips for applying the decal properly? I don't want to ruin the aircraft any more than it already is
Sorry for the late reply.

That's good, that colour will be very close to the actual colour. Yes i would strongly suggest cutting a small square and using that. I would NOT use the whole decal, the colour will be uniform but it will probably not look good, it will be very obvious that its a decal unless you do it perfectly.

What i would do is first cut the a small square out of the green, then place the square in warm water for about 10-30 seconds, just gently rub it to see if it slides around on the backing paper. Once its movable, slide it onto the model as best you can, you want the surface of the model to be damp enough that it slides around (but not so wet that the decal sits on a bubble of water). Use tissue paper to soak up excess water. Slide the decal into position using a toothpick or something small, then gently dab it with tissue paper to soak up most of the remaining water. If you want to move it but it doesn't slide, just put a little water on it and repeat.

Unfortunately this isn't a totally bulletproof fix, it will be noticeable up close but should just look like a panel or doubler repair which are often a different shade of colour to the surrounding structure on real aircraft. Also please be aware that the decal may come off if its rubbed, even once its dry. If you want it to be more durable/permanent, you could try some decal softener from a hobby shop, but be careful to make sure that stuff only gets on the decal, it shouldn't harm the paint or tampo printing but but i'm not sure, be careful just in case.

Above all, take your time, decals are small and fiddly, but you should be able to keep doing it until you are happy, you will have plenty of green decal to use. Good luck, i look forward to seeing the results!

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Old 04-13-2016, 09:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Wow. This is really great info. Thank you! I'm awaiting arrival of my decals now. Will let you know how it goes!
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