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although i would go with mixt masking for some of them, in this scale they should look fabulous! Very nice prep-step here Steve. Beautiful! Make them look brilliant!

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On 7/11/2018 at 4:49 AM, John Wolstenholme said:

Steve, the time we have all been waiting for, but take however long it takes. Presumably these are cut from a continuous carrier film printing? What's the purpose of the tag to many of the decals?

You're looking real good.

John.

 

You would be correct John,  the whole sheet is one big decal, hence the cutting out. Those "tabs" are so I can grab the decal with my tweezers. I've gently sliced the carrier film in those locations so the decal comes off. Thanks again for the kind words and following this project.

Steve

"TOMCATS FOREVER, BABY...!"

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On 7/11/2018 at 1:29 PM, my favs are F`s said:

although i would go with mixt masking for some of them, in this scale they should look fabulous! Very nice prep-step here Steve. Beautiful! Make them look brilliant!

 

I tried to get stencils made but, couldn't find anyone to do them. I would have preferred to paint on the bigger markings.

 

On 7/11/2018 at 2:35 PM, CaptainObvious said:

Way to go Steve!

Energy level +10?
Fantastic progress.

 

Thanks very much, this stage of the build has re-motivated me. I'm looking forward to seeing markings on her finally.

Steve

"TOMCATS FOREVER, BABY...!"

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Steve, haven't you tried with the people who make die vinyl decals? they did some masks for my Sukhoi and worked great! I guess in that scale that shouldnt be a problem! we all know those marks will look way better if painted! give it a try!

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18 hours ago, kike said:

Steve, haven't you tried with the people who make die vinyl decals? they did some masks for my Sukhoi and worked great! I guess in that scale that shouldnt be a problem! we all know those marks will look way better if painted! give it a try!

 

Everyone I contacted, going back 6 years,  wanted big bucks to do custom decals or masks. I would have much preferred to paint the big stuff but, then you run into the problem of mixed media ( painted on markings and decals ), they probably won't match. Besides some of the parts are already finished with decals so, I'll continue on with what I have. At least they will all match and, when I'm finished with the decals and flat coat, they'll look painted on anyway.

 

Steve

 

"TOMCATS FOREVER, BABY...!"

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 Good afternoon all,

I had a very productive weekend getting the decals on the Big Cat. I'd like to wait until ALL the decals are applied before I show it off but, here's a teaser for those loyal followers. Thanks all for staying along for the ride.

Steve

"TOMCATS FOREVER, BABY...!"

 

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SWEET!!! The decals look great. Good idea about leaving the tabs.

 

 

 

Brandon

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On ‎7‎/‎13‎/‎2018 at 9:45 PM, A-10 LOADER said:

At least they will all match and, when I'm finished with the decals and flat coat, they'll look painted on anyway.

 

Steve, I think the photo confirms you made the right choice. Never done any mask applied markings, but wouldn't you end up with  raised edges, to then have to W&D them out? As you say, they look painted on.

I feel the need for speed.

John.

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16 hours ago, Bravosierra001 said:

SWEET!!! The decals look great. Good idea about leaving the tabs.

 

 

 

Brandon

 

Thanks Brandon, much appreciated. Yes, the "tabs" were very helpful.

I'm just waiting on a few decals that were not on the sheet and, all the decals will be finished. She looks really, really good BTW !!

 

9 hours ago, John Wolstenholme said:

 

Steve, I think the photo confirms you made the right choice. Never done any mask applied markings, but wouldn't you end up with  raised edges, to then have to W&D them out? As you say, they look painted on.

I feel the need for speed.

John.

 

Thanks John. As for the raised edges, the masks are made from the same tape as Tamiya's tape so, I would think they would be minimal but, yes still there. These are not your traditional "water slide" decals btw, they are called a "digital press" ?? They perform very well on a flat surface, raised or recessed areas, not so much. Let's just say that my bottle of Walthers Solvaset is getting good use and, I think I'm winning the battle.

 

Steve

 

"TOMCATS FOREVER, BABY...!"

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Greetings everyone,
Mini update tonight, The wingtip “slime” lights have proven to be the biggest PITA so far. Mostly self induced because I had to add the small black lines from my stash and, no, they were not fun to cut out. With my arm / hand issue this took quite a while to do.
Thanks for looking.
Steve
"TOMCATS FOREVER, BABY...!"

 

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