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Old 05-15-2021, 06:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've recently been thinking about making a custom model, and I already have a image with the model windows, doors, logo, tail, etc, and was wondering how I make decals...

Is there a special "decal paper" that you can print the image on and then apply it to the plane?

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I've recently been thinking about making a custom model, and I already have a image with the model windows, doors, logo, tail, etc, and was wondering how I make decals...

Is there a special "decal paper" that you can print the image on and then apply it to the plane?

thanks
This link takes you to an article I wrote for a model magazine. I hope it helps. If you have any questions just ask.

https://modelairliner.com/creating-y...custom-decals/
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And here are a couple of decal patterns I’ve created by using the method described in article. But the Flybe decals where printed on white backed inkjet decal paper instead of clear. Just a word of warning you cannot print white on an inkjet printer, so anything you see as white relies on decals being placed on a white background. Laser printers may overcome this issue.
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I've recently been thinking about making a custom model, and I already have a image with the model windows, doors, logo, tail, etc, and was wondering how I make decals...

Is there a special "decal paper" that you can print the image on and then apply it to the plane?

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What airframe and livery are you hoping to replicate?
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Thank you for sharing your knowledge and skill.

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This link takes you to an article I wrote for a model magazine. I hope it helps. If you have any questions just ask.

https://modelairliner.com/creating-y...custom-decals/
thanks, i'll read it
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What airframe and livery are you hoping to replicate?
I watched a tutorial on how to make the logo, windows,and doors, etc before, and here is what I made:

So what I have to do is: get decal paper, use a colored printer (I have to buy one anyways, any recommended ones for decals?) print the decals out, and put gloss varnish on it?
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I watched a tutorial on how to make the logo, windows,and doors, etc before, and here is what I made:

So what I have to do is: get decal paper, use a colored printer (I have to buy one anyways, any recommended ones for decals?) print the decals out, and put gloss varnish on it?
I use a basic home inkjet printer, nothing special about it.
Once I’ve printed the decals I spray them using Humbrol Acrylic Gloss varnish from a spray can. Usually 3 quick light coats is sufficient. Allow to dry between coats, about 5 minutes between each coat.
Spray coat the decals soon after printing to avoid ink bleed
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I use a basic home inkjet printer, nothing special about it.
Once I’ve printed the decals I spray them using Humbrol Acrylic Gloss varnish from a spray can. Usually 3 quick light coats is sufficient. Allow to dry between coats, about 5 minutes between each coat.
Spray coat the decals soon after printing to avoid ink bleed
Thanks!

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And here are a couple of decal patterns I’ve created by using the method described in article. But the Flybe decals where printed on white backed inkjet decal paper instead of clear. Just a word of warning you cannot print white on an inkjet printer, so anything you see as white relies on decals being placed on a white background. Laser printers may overcome this issue.

Just one last thing - do you recommend any brand of decal paper?
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Is anyone willing to help me print up a YF-22 decal page in 1/72 scale please? I need to get a replacement.
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Just one last thing - do you recommend any brand of decal paper?

Formerly used Testor's decal paper but not sure about it's availability nowadays. A quick look on Amazon revealed a few choices, several options available (both clear and white in same package)

https://www.amazon.ca/s?i=aps&k=wate...ch-alias%3Daps
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Formerly used Testor's decal paper but not sure about it's availability nowadays. A quick look on Amazon revealed a few choices, several options available (both clear and white in same package)

https://www.amazon.ca/s?i=aps&k=wate...ch-alias%3Daps
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I use Experts Choice Inkjet Paper. Available in Clear and White, Inkjet or Laser
Then when dry, after a couple of hours, coat 2x with Microscale liquid decal film and then top coat with Humbrol "Clear" Gloss or Satin.
https://hobby.uk.com/flying-scale-mo...al-system.html
I think its experimenting with different products to find what suits you best.
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