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    I build only 1/72nd scale - I have no room for anything bigger . . . .
  1. I used laser printed decals several years ago and they worked just fine. And I bought this laser decal paper from my LHS so I would assume they work. I haven't applied these particular decals yet but I sure hope they work. If not, I'm back to square one.
  2. Thanks again. A friend of my wife had access to a laser printer at her office and so now I have a set of beautiful decals. What a relief. But the failure of the inkjet solution still frustrates me . . . Happy modelling to all.
  3. Thanks for the responses. Firstly to Neptune48 . . absolutely no offense taken. Yes, the paper is definitely ink jet paper. Following the suggestions I have received, I have now tried: 2 additional printers. The object prints well on paper but not on the decal film. brand new "Testors" ink jet decal paper "Expert Choice" ink jet decal paper lightly scuffing the gloss decal film with fine sandpaper before printing, pre-coating the decal film with a light clear coat. . . . none of which has helped. Just give you some context, here is what I am trying to print., 5-68.docx My LHS has not heard of this problem in all the years they have been in operation, nor have any of my modelling friends. I am totally frustrated and at my wit's end.
  4. Using a new sheet of Testors clear decal film, I tried to print a custom decal using my HP inkjet printer. However, the ink beads up within seconds of the decal paper coming out of the printer rendering the image useless. I have tried various print settings in vein. Any suggestions?
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    ARC Cancer support shirts

    Oh . . . I just saw the posting above saying that this thread is obsolete. Sorry to have replied . . .
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    ARC Cancer support shirts

    I might well have bought something but I couldn't find the product. I tried clicking around the link site for a while but gave up. Also, I don't want to register for what would be a one-off purchase and then be plagued by ongoing marketing emails. If there was a simpler way to place an order, maybe more folks would do so.
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    punching decals

    I suggest the UMM range of punch and die sets at https://umm-usa.com/onlinestore/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=punch&x=7&y=8. I am very happy with my mini-set: http://umm-usa.com/onlinestore/product_info.php?products_id=1320.
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    Hasegawa kit decals

    I agree with Pete. Maybe you should test a couple that you don't intend to use from the sheet.
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    EA-18G video and question

    A quick search on Google shows that MRAD stands for "Milliradian". It all too complicated for me but has to do with range finding measurements.
  10. Our Cdn $ is indeed severely down in terms of the US $, but not so much other world currencies. Check out the mail order companies elsewhere in the world (Hannants, for example) and you may well find savings.
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    new looking for confirmation

    Sounds like you are well on your way to a happy modelling hobby. The best products and ratios and mixes and air pressure and types of hardware, etc. etc. are the ones that work for you. All modellers have their favorites, so find what works for you and you will have many rewarding hours of modeling. If you pay too much attention to what works for everyone else, it will drive you crazy . . . Having said that, if you run into a problem that stumps you, this is a great place to get some help. Just one thing though, I suggest you apply the decals before putting a wash into your panel lines. You want to panel line and its wash to show consistently across the decal.
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    This is ARC, not PFWC

    I totally agree!! Some years ago I made the same kind of comment here and got generally shouted down by rabid politicos who went on about free speech! I am fully open to free speech but keep it out of my favorite modeling forum. That is what the lounge is for if someone feels the need to express themselves. Also, this is an international forum and the politics of any one country is just out of place here.
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    Adjusting Air Pressure

    While I too agree with the dynamic method in principle, I don't understand why this is important. Adjust the pressure so that your airbrush works properly to suit your style, the viscosity of the medium, the type of airbrush, etc. There are so many other variables at play that knowing the exact pressure you are spraying at is not all that important. I remember attending a demonstration by an airbrush professional and when he was asked what pressure he was spraying at, he said he didn't know and had to check the gauge to answer the question.
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    Paint Dropper Usage and Cleaning

    I don't want to sound preachy, but using them like that just adds unnecessary plastic into our landfills which we don't need. The glass ones last for ever and are environmentally better for all of us.
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    Paint Dropper Usage and Cleaning

    What kind of dropper are you referring to? The glass eye-dropper style with the detachable rubber bulb, or the all-plastic one with a blown bulb that you squeeze? If the glass/rubber kind, yes, Windex is your friend. Squirt the Windex down the tube and it will take out virtually everything very quickly. Even then though I find I get a slight build up of residue over time and so I use a Kleenex tissue rolled from one corner into a long pointy cleaner and inserted into the tube by rotation (rinse afterwards to avoid leaving any dust). That cleans out everything. However, if you are referring to the all-plastic type with the blown bulb, you are on your own, I'm afraid. I'd suggest you drop by the chemist/pharmacy and pick up a glass eye-dropper.