Hello. I was wondering if printing my own waterslide decals is worth it. Does anyone have experience with this? What is a good brand of paper?
I think it is. I make my own custom decals all the time. It allows me to mark vehicle how I want to. It isn’t hard either. Make sure you get ink-jet decal paper though. The wrong type will not work in the wrong printer.
Check this previous thread for more info.
Thank you very much Gino. I think I’ll take the plunge.
Ink Jet paper for decals is readily available thru Amazon or a local hobby store…Mark Twain Hobbies in St. Louis is a great source. Wil also need some clear laquer (spray can) to cover the just made decal paper after ~24hrs drying time. I wait that much time to insure they are not attacked by the solvent in the laquer. Once you have two coats of laquer, I then use Testors Decal film to coat the sheet and let that dry for another 4 to 8 hours. The decals are rather “thick” and durable when they slid off the sheet…so I use a decal softener to lay them down on the subject. GO FOR it…YOU can do it!!!
Thank you Rich. I had read a little about the process last night. Saw a bunch of decal paper on Amazon, but was worried it might be too thick to use for modeling.
I use it to replicate missing or destroyed decals. As mentioned, it is often the only way to get the specific markings you want, especially for unique vehicles/airplanes, or less covered units - like FFI in the North African campaign.
My father flew a RB-36E (converted YB-36), serial number 42-13571, out of Ramey AFB with the72nd Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. I wanted to build his plane
While the 72nd basic markings are in RB-36F kit (Revell 4632) the serial numbers and a couple of other markings were not - Using Word for MAC, and a HP color printer - they were printed 15 minutes later.
It is important to get a good cover spray if using ink-jet printers, Michaels has a thin lacquer made especially for covering.
For more detailed (difficult) markings you can scan a picture and then use it any drawing app as you guide. Sometimes it helps to do the design at 200% or 300% and then shrink it down - easier on the eyes.
You can get starter kits from several sources that have clear and white paper, covering lacquer, and often decal setting solution
Also be sure to use Microscale liquid decal film over the clear laquer coat…btw, I usually use TWO coats of laquer to be sure that nothing bleeds…
What does the decal paper look like and where do i get it.
You may obtain the paper from Amazon or Mark Twain Hobbies (St, Charles, Mo)