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Cold Warrior21 Jul 2016 4:16 a.m. PST

Curious what methods people use when decals are not available. Paint Pen? Stencils? Something else?

John Armatys21 Jul 2016 6:04 a.m. PST

Freehand with a brush (and I'm not very impressed). Do not try a mapping pen with white ink (it tears up the paint below).

22ndFoot21 Jul 2016 7:05 a.m. PST


Comes in various colours and sizes and from other retailers. Great stuff.

redmist112221 Jul 2016 7:09 a.m. PST

I made one many years ago for a bunch of WWII 1/72 scale models for a military museum. I recall making a card-stock stencil and spray painted the numbers, lines and hand brushed any other smaller details.

I guess it would come down to the size of the model and how much effort you want to invest into your project.

Testors and MicroMark make blank decal sheets, that may be of some use.

Good luck.


Cold Warrior21 Jul 2016 8:37 a.m. PST

Sorry, should have given more detail, am doing 1/2400 modern naval vessels for a variety of navies. While the GHQ carriers and amhibs come with decals, I have several from CinC and Viking Forge which do not.

Also have to worry about the helo decks on all smaller ships.

There was a line of decals being made for these ships, but he went under early this year and I have found nothing to take his place. Should have bought them when I had the chance…..

So now it's DIY.

Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian21 Jul 2016 11:45 a.m. PST

You see SeaBat decals on ebay fairly often. Maybe there?

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2016 5:40 a.m. PST

I used to have success with both hand-painting simple deck markings, and with technical pens, including white. Don't have much in the way of images, but note the flight deck of the 1/3000 destroyer in the first image (brush), and the hull numbers in on the 1/2400 destroyers in the second (pen). For the technical pen, I used a Rotring, and the underlying paint was dry and cured. When I do this again, I will consider printing my own decals, however. Toshach describes how to do this on his site ( link ), and there are many other similar sets of instructions on the Internet.


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