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#1 talon1138

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:33 AM

I saw this in my local Hobby Lobby today:

http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/B000BLI6QS

These are clear decal sheets from Testors. Has anyone used these? If so, are they any good?

#2 Jasonc

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 12:27 PM

There are other decal sheets that are much better. Can't remember where I got mine from, but the ones I ordered are very sturdy, and very high quality. I would advise to look online for other manufacturers. Testors is OK, but if you want better quality, it's out there.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 02:00 PM

I'm going to try this at some point...it sounds fairly easy. I have a descent Canon inkjet printer and only need to print a gazillion little "=" signs to stick all over my 1:72 FM Falcon model someday.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 08:57 PM

Thanks Jason.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:45 PM

Thanks Jason.

No problem, I should've mentioned that I've tried the Testors sheets, and they don't work that well. They leave a silvering effect that makes them look like decals, and not like painted symbols.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:20 AM

If you ever want to make some almost original toy looking decals, I've used Avery 3276 clear inkjet Window decals with good results as they have about the same thickness as the originals. Make sure to let them dry before you handle them after printing.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:58 PM

Check out Micro Mark (link in my signature block). Their papers are great and I've used them for years. Then Micro Sol's stuff is great too! All of their line to include cement. - MT

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:05 AM

Thanks for the help everyone.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:15 PM

Also try Tango Papa decal paper, I hear it's some of the best you can find.



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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:22 PM

Also try Tango Papa decal paper, I hear it's some of the best you can find.


Yeah, I think that's what Devin (Anasazi37) used to use, and his decals were second to none.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:05 AM

Be careful using inkjets. The ink fades with exposure to light and you will wind up with a dull or nonexistent decal.

I try to use laser printers when I can. I don't have the fancy machine like Devin had so it is the next best thing. I've been told the decal paper can damage the printer but haven't seen that yet...




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