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bridget midget the return10 Apr 2016 1:47 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 4:35 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.

Personal logo Dances with Clydesdales Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2016 4:57 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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