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      Post #67130, posted on 05-02-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi, I would like to know if anybody could advise me how to use F-DCAL decals. They are very thin and break easily.
      Thanks Gus

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      Post #67131, posted on 05-02-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Gus,
      first of all F-DCAL, as many other decal providers, run two different lines of decals.
      The screen printed ones rarely to never produce problems.
      The laser ones, and I guess you refer to these, can indeed be brittle and they can scratch easily as well.
      Another problem is that they can only be applied onto white surfaces and must never overlap each other.
      Its always a good idea to seal them before applying. Just spray over some thin mists of your favorite clear coating
      before you apply them. If they still break up, our surgery skills are required including good nerves.


      Cheers and good success,
      Christian

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      Post #67132, posted on 05-02-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Christian, will give it a try !!
      Cheers
      Gus

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      Post #67155, posted on 05-04-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Gus,

      I just happened to be applying a F-DCAL set to my HpH 1/72 Tupolev Tu-154M last night. The decals worked very well with a few procedural adjustments. I clear coated the decals with Model Master Clear Lacquer before beginning. I suspect that most of the issue is getting the decals to release properly from the paper. I had the best results from letting the decals soak for about 3-4 minutes. Then, I gently applied sliding pressure to the decal. If gentle pressure didn't do the trick, I would let it soak for another minute or two. Once it was moving freely on the film, I re-dipped the decal in the water prior to applying it to the model. This allowed it to be adjusted on the model for perfect positioning. Without the "double dip," the decal would bond to the model surface before I could get it its final position. Philippe makes an excellent product that works well, but they do take a different technique to avoid damaging the decals.



      With most decals, this would be a bad Idea, but with the extended soaking time, I had multiple decals in the water at once, which cut down on waiting time between decals.

      I hope that helps....

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      Post #67591, posted on 06-29-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi thanks for your message which I read only today. Going to work on the FDCAL SAS Caravelle decals now.
      Cheers, Gus

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      Post #67592, posted on 06-30-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I respectfully disagree with Christian when he says F-DCAL's screen-printed decals "rarely to never produce problems."

      I have been a customer of F-DCAL since they started business and I would much rather use their laser decals than their screen printed ones. At the moment I am trying to apply their screen-printed SAS decals (sheet FDS14037) to a Roden DC-6 and it is an absolute nightmare. The decals tend to stick immovably wherever they touch the model and break into pieces at the slightest provocation. I had similar problems a few years ago with a Pakistan International B777 but I hoped things had improved - clearly I was wrong. I'm going to have to get a second sheet and coat it with Microscale Liquid Decal Film to make the decals useable, something which I really resent.

      I've never had any serious problems with F-DCAL's laser decals and I'll continue to buy them but I'm finished with the screen printed version.

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      Post #67593, posted on 06-30-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      F-DCAL silkscreen decals are printed by the same printer who does my decals (and who has done so for many years). He also prints a lot of other aftermarket decals on the market. I've never heard of anyone having problems like you describe. I'm not saying you didn't have the problem, I'm saying it's not something that's widespread. I can't tell you why you had such a problem, but I can tell you that if you have that problem with any of my decals, please let me know so we can attempt to do something about it.