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B-24 decals

July 19 2010 at 3:17 PM
david nickels  (Login djnick66)
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Well the kit is in the home stretch now. I bleached out a set of 40 year old Airfix decals to use, but in the end they were worthless. I could live with the yellowed white areas, but the things just would not stick. I remember this same problem back in the day... the decals are so thick you can actually pick them up off the backing paper and hold them! They are very thick, plasticy, do not conform to the model, and have no glue. Decal solvents and sets make them curl and shrivel up like little dried slugs.

This is what the decal looked like after it dried, using Micro Set/Sol

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I tried Solvaset on the tail decals...

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Future was of no use on the Airfix junk.

So, using some scrap box decals I came up with something semi close to the kit markings.

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For the white circles, I used the white border/backing decals from an OLD IPMS USA set of Japanese meatballs. The "F" came from some Bare Metal Foil decal USAF tail code letters. The small "B" is from a Monogram bomber nose art, and the yellow codes are from an old P-47 decal sheet. I took national insignia from an old Microscale 1/48 sheet. There are supposed to be some odd size fusilage numbers in grey and white, but I could not replicate these. I am happy with the basic markings.

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