DecalsWhen the paint was dry all masking tape, apart from that on the clear parts, was removed. I gave the model my usual 2 coats of hand brushed Klear (Future in the US). (See my article HERE). I then applied the kit decals, as described HERE..
I have, in the past, had a little trouble getting decals from Japanese manufactures to “snuggle” down. I had read somewhere that for decals from these producers the thing to use was Gunze Sangyo Mr Mark Setter and Mr Mark Softer. I have been using them for a while now and they work. In fact although they are designed to be used in the same manner as Micro Set and Sol, I have never needed the Setter. In fact this seems to be too strong? No worries though, as the Softer does the job on it’s own. It is actually white, not clear but this is not a problem.
There were no problems applying the decals, I just had to be careful to make sure the codes and roundels were in the correct places, so that the black stripes could also be correctly placed. I’m really talking about the fuselage here but everything turned out well. Although the port side stripe that has the cut out for the roundel did put up a fight. It would have been easier to have cut it through the narrow piece and apply it as two separate pieces. I don’t normally cut away the carrier film on decals, apart from where the decal has to fit on something like the tail, or rudder. Where the least amount of overlapping material the better. I did however cut the film away from all the stripes.
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