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fullmetal201519 Mar 2015 2:37 p.m. PST

Looking for info on the decal sets I need for German Battle of Britain 1/300 scale from I-94 I have the crosses an markings I need black lettering .074 actual size for the fuselage markings. I was on I-94 website an cant find the ones I need or if they even make them? Any help would be appreciated.

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Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Mar 2015 3:36 p.m. PST

I don't know if I-94 have what you're after, but Scale Specialties do some superb Battle Of Britain sets with all of the markings for a few aircraft types.

snodipous19 Mar 2015 4:35 p.m. PST

You can buy inkjet/laser printer-compatible decal sheets to make your own.

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Mar 2015 3:58 a.m. PST

Excellent point – home made decals have a lot of limitations due to the inability to print a white undercoat, but if it's only black you need, they'll work just fine.

Brian Bronson20 Mar 2015 9:44 a.m. PST

I've printed up lots of decals, but Dom is correct about the missing white undercoat. It makes far more difference than you'd expect.

I just finished up some early war German micro armour and needed to add the aerial recognition flags. No problem, says I, I have white circles with swastikas decals from GHQ; I'll just print up the red flag decal myself. Unfortunately, a nice, bright red decal over panzer grey ends up being pretty drab. Oh well, I guess my tankers' flags are just very dirty!

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Mar 2015 9:49 a.m. PST

Yep – in general home made decals are of very limited utility, but as the OP specifically wants black lettering, none of the usual concerns about opacity of inks apply – black is easy. :-)

fullmetal201520 Mar 2015 11:57 a.m. PST

So, here is a question guys should decals be placed on first then wash or ink? an then a light dry brush an a quick spray of dullcoat to seal things up?

Also thanks for the info all.

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Mar 2015 12:31 p.m. PST

I prefer to weather before decals, but it's personal taste. I'd always recommend a gloss coat both before and after decalling though – a nice smooth surface is best for the decal to settle without air bubbles or silvering, while a gloss coat afterwards is a must to prevent scratching or other wear.

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