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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.

This is highly appreciated.

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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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Any laser printer recommendation ?
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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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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! you helped me a lot. I've put micro set and sol on my plastic models before, does it work on diecast planes so the decals sink in?
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Micro set and sol do not work with the surface, but with the decal itself. The main thing is to apply the decal on a glossy surface, then its gluing will be better. The Sol and Set help soften the decal so that it fits better on the surface if there are bumps or panel lines on it.
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I have so many questions, sorry.
This will be my last one

how long does it take for the varnish to completely dry so I can apply the decals?
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how long does it take for the varnish to completely dry so I can apply the decals?
This should be read on the varnish label, how long the varnish manufacturer recommends before it dries completely.
In general, on average, 24 hours is enough, or check with your fingers, if the surface is dry and smooth, not sticky, then you can apply decals.
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