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Mako1118 Nov 2016 12:57 a.m. PST

Need both black and also white swastikas for my 1/600th scale fighters and bombers.

Does anyone produce them?

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Nov 2016 6:04 a.m. PST

My 1/300 sheet goes down to less than a millimetre across, hence not having a separate 1/600 one.

Skarper18 Nov 2016 7:32 a.m. PST

Except for the largest on the bigger aircraft I think they would be all but invisible in 1/600th. Just a blurry dot.

I might have tried painting them on by first doing a solid square then painting out the gaps, if you follow. Drawing them on with a fine graphic pen might work too [for black ones anyway].

I always hated decals – too fiddly and they always seemed to end up shiny [though I gather there are solutions to this]

Allen5718 Nov 2016 8:01 a.m. PST

Go with Dom. His decals work well. As Skarper says decaling can be fiddly but I don't think of the smallest as just blurry dots.

Mako, did you ever get the Luft 46 aircraft info you needed? If not, contact me althegamerATyahooDOTcom

slugbalancer18 Nov 2016 1:33 p.m. PST

I tend not to put any decals on the tails of my 1/600 aircraft. They look OK without.

Mako1118 Nov 2016 1:47 p.m. PST

Excellent news Dom.

I was not aware of that.

Thanks for the other replies, gents.

No, not yet Allen, so I will e-mail you shortly. Thanks for the offer of assistance.

jowady20 Nov 2016 12:16 p.m. PST

Handling "shiny" decals (known as silvering in the modelling world) is easily done. Decals adhere best to a smooth, glossy surface. There are various ways to achieve this, one of the most common is to coat the area to be decaled with Johnson&Johnson's "Future" floor polish. This is a self levelling resin coat the gives a smooth area to be decaled. Allow it to dry. Then the decal is placed, along with any setting solutions, etc. and, once it has dried and adhered the area is treated with Dull Coat (or the clear flat/matte agent of your choice). There are other mediums of course, a clear gloss varnish can give you a good surface, for example on my Natural Metal Finish US WW2 fighters I can just apply the decal to the surface, hit it with a clear gloss sealer and the decals look as though they were painted on.

This is a trick from the modelling world, I will admit that I have never done it with say 1/600 th scale markings but I assume that, as long as you reduce the amounts used (even in a larger scale the amount of "Future" used is quite small) I don't see why it wouldn't work.

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