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      Gus


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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 !!
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      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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      Dan Dornseif
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