Roy McKenzie That's looking good so far. What kind of problems are you having?
20. March 2013, 18:37
Peter Kallenbach Thanks Roy. Basically just having rotten beginner's luck with Alps-printed decal sheets. I'm trying to use the Flying Colours Aerodecals set on this kit that features the Acro Hunters demo team among the options. I thought that starting with one of the bigger decals might be the easier way to go, but alas, the roundel shattered into a thousand little pieces. I then tried some of the stencilling on the underside of the fuselage and actually managed to get a couple in place and in one piece, but also lost a couple in the process. I'm thinking that I need to give the sheet a coat of Micro film(?) before I carry on, and will have to buy another decal sheet for replacements and spares. Any additional tips you might have are appreciated.
20. March 2013, 20:25
Roy McKenzie Peter, I had some decals that would shatter into small pieces. I sprayed the whole sheet with Testors Decal Bonder item #9200, comes in a small 85g spray can. When you use this stuff give it a few light coats and let it dry, I gave mine 24 hours. Then you have to cut each decal out as close as possible. Basically the whole sheet is carrier film. I don't know what Micro Film is but if it's the same thing give it a try. By the way are those decals old?
20. March 2013, 22:44
Peter Kallenbach Roy, thanks for the info. Yes, I think Micro Film is the same kind of stuff as what you're using, but in a spray can, it sounds much easier. I'll have to keep an eye out for it next time I'm in the hobby shop. The decals weren't that old, and I kept them in the ziplock in a file box, so I don't think those were issues. I think it's just my lack of experience in working with these kinds of decals. I better learn soon though; a lot of my priority projects will require Alps decals! Thanks again...Peter
21. March 2013, 20:05
Roy McKenzie Peter, nothing worse than doing a great job on a kit only to have the decals ruin things.