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bridget midget the return10 Apr 2016 2:47 a.m. PST

Well I've more or less finished my first models in I wouldn't like to say how many years. The decals are done and they just await some weathering.
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PS – More experienced modellers – do you varnish your planes?

Vigilant10 Apr 2016 5:35 a.m. PST

General advice on decals is to gloss varnish the model before and after applying the decals so that they sit on a smooth base. This helps them stick and stops "slavering" which is the backing sheet showing up. Then varnish using the finish you want, satin or matt depending on the subject. A lot of modellers use Johnson's Future/Clear floor polish instead of varnish, using a spray gun or airbrush. Mask any clear parts if you use spray varnish, not necessary if you use the floor polish.

Dances with Clydesdales10 Apr 2016 5:57 a.m. PST

I gloss coat my planes, as Vigilant suggested, decal them, then gloss coat again. Finally sealing them with flat sealer to tone down the shine. I use Testers Model Master sprays for this. It makes a world of difference in the decals appearance/durability. Also I attach canopies after this process, but mask built in windows.

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