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Decals-to cut or not to cut clear film

February 12 2018 at 1:56 PM
Markus Tost  (Login Spike_67)
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Hello everybody!
I've just read MIGs new book (How to paint with Acrylics - Ammo Modeling guide)and the Accion Press volume Aircraft - Modelling essentials(yes ,sometimes I'm interested in wingy things too...).
In both books they said about applying decals that you should get rid of the clear film around the printed (Color) decal to avoid silvering. I wondered because IMHO and John Pringent
confirms this in the Osprey Masterclass volume "Armor modeling" that this clear film is often tapered to avoid a sharp edge of the decal to the surrounding color. So he says to keep it and make it invisible with a clear gloss coat.
However I found an older article from an Italian modeler who also cut the decals up to the printed area.
Now I'm confused. Is it really necessary to cut decals out like this?
What do you think and how do you handle decals?

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  1. Decal trimming - Chris Grove on Feb 12, 2018, 4:09 PM
  3. Trim it - David Nickels on Feb 12, 2018, 7:13 PM
  5. Trim them as... - Frank Michaels on Feb 13, 2018, 8:23 AM
  7. Thanks for the tips - Markus Tost on Feb 13, 2018, 4:11 PM

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