A follow on from my earlier post re 1/32 Dutch F-104 decals.
Does anyone on this board have the capability of printing their own decals? I have a friend who can produce a decal set for the Dutch F-104 I am trying to build, trouble is I do not know anyone who is able to print them for me.
I would be happy to pay towards printing and postage costs.
Hope to hear from someone as I have a 1/32 F-104 ready to build but without decals, aaargh!!!!
Anyone with a decent inkjet printer can make decals these days. The inkjet decal paper is much improved in the last couple of years.
White or very light colors are difficult to print easily. Darker colors on clear paper are easy.
To print white decals, you need to use white decal paper. The problem then is accurately cutting the decal sheet. One trick is to set the background color to the actual color the decal will be applied over. The result is that you do not need to be super accurate when you cut the decal- you leave a bit of that background color. White on black is pretty easy because it is easy to match black.
But white over something like a metallic red or metallic blue is extremely difficult unless the white part is a very simple shape that is easy to cut out.
Very light colors are as difficult as white- you need to use white paper. But then, I have had commercial decals, including ones in kits, that were terrible with the very light colors.
But only use the white sheets if part of the decal is very light colored or white. If all the printing is dark, use the clear- much easier to cut out. Remember, with homemade decals there is only one large decal per sheet- you have to cut out the seperate markings.