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Old 07-27-2021, 11:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My decal paper and acrylic varnish arrived yesterday, so I spent most of the day working on my first custom model.

I have finished one side, but still have to finish the other side. I also need to superglue in the engines.

Since I didn't know the length from door to door on the a321, I had to guess slightly, and I made the decals a tiny bit too big, but it looks fine to me.

Does anybody know how I can make the lines on the edge of the decal less visible - is it possible?

Anyways, here are some pictures! (This is a fictional livery that I made up... where Air Canada showcases their hub airports! Might make a Vancouver soon...)

Below is my custom a321 next to a GJ a220






Some decals made by Nazca Decals.
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Old 07-27-2021, 12:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Being my very first custom, I think it turned out pretty nicely.
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Old 07-27-2021, 01:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd recommend to research such details prior to printing. In case of the 321: doors 1L/R center to 4L/R center is 31.56 meters, 31.43m on an ACF config depending on which Airbus info you trust.
In a theory, stretch and distort artwork to replicate the tapering fuselage front and aft. Though this can easily be ignored in such small scales.

Concerning decal outlines:
Inkjet printed? Inkjet sheets have to be thicker than conventional ones. Moreover they need a thicker coating to seal the print. So there's not much you can do other than to reduce coating thickness to the absolute minimum (trial and error) or to apply a thicker layer of clear once the decals are on the model. But that might not look all that good on such a small scale.

Btw, did you draw the fuselage artwork? If so, very well done for a first time.
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I'd recommend to research such details prior to printing. In case of the 321: doors 1L/R center to 4L/R center is 31.56 meters, 31.43m on an ACF config depending on which Airbus info you trust.
In a theory, stretch and distort artwork to replicate the tapering fuselage front and aft. Though this can easily be ignored in such small scales.

Concerning decal outlines:
Inkjet printed? Inkjet sheets have to be thicker than conventional ones. Moreover they need a thicker coating to seal the print. So there's not much you can do other than to reduce coating thickness to the absolute minimum (trial and error) or to apply a thicker layer of clear once the decals are on the model. But that might not look all that good on such a small scale.

Btw, did you draw the fuselage artwork? If so, very well done for a first time.
The fuselage artwork was a decal.

I know that the white paint on the plane looks really rough, but in the future, I won't have to repaint any of my custom fuselages, and hopefully, those models will look better.

I actually got the donor model a really long time ago, here it is:

So it was really hard to repaint the whole thing. In the future, I'll use donor models that are already the color I need them to be.
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The fuselage artwork was a decal.

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Sure, I meant did you do the artwork for that decal? I'm asking because you said you guessed on the scaling. The artwork looks nice.
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Sure, I meant did you do the artwork for that decal? I'm asking because you said you guessed on the scaling. The artwork looks nice.
Partially. I found cliparts of major buildings in canada, put them together, and then made them the solid black color.
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Partially. I found cliparts of major buildings in canada, put them together, and then made them the solid black color.
I was talking about cockpit, windows, doors etc.
Never mind, Nazca artwork as it seems.
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I know that the white paint on the plane looks really rough, but in the future, I won't have to repaint any of my custom fuselages, and hopefully, those models will look better.

First of all, congrats! I would never have been able to do this better, reason I will stick to pre-assembled models.

Learning from these first results, being self-critical (as you are showing) and motivated to continue will definitely enable you to deliver better and better results. I really like your choice of designing your own livery based on an existing airline company to create a partial what-if scenario. Airline empires might interest you, you find there wonderful liveries of non extisting airline companies.

I look forward to seeing your future achievements here.

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Sorry for off-topic but how is AE these days gameplay-wise? Appears to have quite a vibrant community.
I've been with Airlinesim for 17 years now, with many hours spent "behind the scenes", but am a bit frustrated with its dev. standstill in recent years.
Always prefered it over AE because of realism et all, but never tried AE in recent years.
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I was talking about cockpit, windows, doors etc.
Never mind, Nazca artwork as it seems.
Yeah, I didn't make that. I found a template. But, I have started to practice making some decals in excel, and they turn out pretty nice.
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First of all, congrats! I would never have been able to do this better, reason I will stick to pre-assembled models.

Learning from these first results, being self-critical (as you are showing) and motivated to continue will definitely enable you to deliver better and better results. I really like your choice of designing your own livery based on an existing airline company to create a partial what-if scenario. Airline empires might interest you, you find there wonderful liveries of non extisting airline companies.

I look forward to seeing your future achievements here.

Cheers, Deephalo
Thank you! I'll check airline empires out too.

I also like collecting the pre-built airplanes, but its also fun to make them yourselves, especially during the pandemic with nothing else to do.
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Sorry for off-topic but how is AE these days gameplay-wise? ...
Honestly I have no idea. I know AE because of the fact that I browsed for a while throught their galleries,
and I always remembered some of the wonderfull designs some people came up with. It is the Alladin's cave of creativity.

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Isn't there some liquid that you can apply to decals to thin them out. I seem to remember something like that from when I was a kid.
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Yeah, I didn't make that. I found a template. ...
Thought so.
Having done quite some artwork in the past 20 years I know how time consuming it can be. So I'd welcome people to give credit where credit is due.
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Isn't there some liquid that you can apply to decals to thin them out. I seem to remember something like that from when I was a kid.
Yes, I have Micro Set and Micro Sol, but I'm not sure if it should be put on diecast metal.
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Thought so.
Having done quite some artwork in the past 20 years I know how time consuming it can be. So I'd welcome people to give credit where credit is due.
Sorry. I'm trying to make my own decals now, but I'll see if I can edit the post.
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