Saving old Matchbox decals?

I've got an old 1/32 scale Matchbox Tiger Moth kit. The decals came with a
piece of thin paper as an overlay, to protect them from getting scratched, I
assume.
My problem is that this light brown colored paper has somehow bonded with
the decal over the years, and is now stuck pretty firmly to the decal sheet.
Is there a tip for removing this paper and salvaging the decals?
I've seen this problem on a number of old Matchbox and Airfix kits.
Usually,. I don't care, as better aftermarket decals are usually available.
However, in this case, there are no replacement decals that I know of for
the 1/32 scale Tiger Moth......
TIA!
-Bill
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RC Boater
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in article snipped-for-privacy@corp.supernews.com, RC Boater at snipped-for-privacy@remove.earthlink.net wrote on 17/11/03 17:40:
I cut and use as needed as the light paper cover does come off in water.
Reply to
Rory Manton
I faced this just last night with some old frog decals.Just let them soak a long time,and check that they dont float away or curl up.You may need to rub some of it off with your fingernail.
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Eyeball2002308
Sometime back I posted the same query. I found that soaking the decal a l-o-n-g time helped but some of the paper would not dislodge. I waited until they were dry and helped it off with a pencil eraser rubbed gently over the decal. There are still some rough patches but they are very minute.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
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Bill Banaszak
will soaking keep them from fragmenting? my glad lifeline decals splintered right up.
Reply to
e
Probably not - you need to add Micro Liquid Decal Film (best) or a coat of clear (such as Future) to prevent fragmenting.
Sten
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Sten
agreed,but in this case it would seal in the top film,which you don't want.If you can't scrape it off dry,you may have to take your chances...
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Eyeball2002308
Future didn't help with one sheet I had. It was a set from a Minicraft airliner and it had been flopped between printing the carrier film and the design. The designs were printed over film and paper. A coat of Future did not hold them together. Now I'm going to have to go decal shopping for a replacement.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
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Bill Banaszak

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