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Old Feb 14, 2004, 10:39 AM
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Making your own decals: a step by step guide


Here's a little tip on creating your own decals. Hope this will become handy to someone else.
What you'll need:
1. hobby knife
2. colored tape
3. regular wax paper
4. printout of any picture that will become the decal's figure.
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Old Feb 14, 2004, 10:42 AM
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Start out by cutting the decal figure from the paper (here I printed the figure I wanted for my airplane. I used a thick photopaper).
Old Feb 14, 2004, 10:44 AM
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Place strips of colored tape over a waxpaper. The colored tape size will depend on the size of your decal. Here, two strips is good enough.
Old Feb 14, 2004, 10:47 AM
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Using a regular magic tape, tape the decal template over the colored tape strips. This is so the template won't move while you cut out the shape on the colored tape.
Old Feb 14, 2004, 10:49 AM
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Now start cutting out the figure using a hobby knife.
Old Feb 14, 2004, 10:50 AM
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The decal ready to be extruded from the tape.
Old Feb 14, 2004, 10:51 AM
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Voila! You now have your own decal.
Old Feb 14, 2004, 10:53 AM
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Here's where I sticked my decal. My PCW wing.
Again, I hope this will become handy for you guys. I've learnt so much from this forum.. it's my own little way of contributing to the community.
Thanks!
Old Feb 14, 2004, 06:39 PM
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Jodan,

Nice tip! I've been thinking of using decals on my next plane and was considering using the inkjet decal paper and clear acrylic spray. Have you tried that method? Was wondering about the longevity of the decal.


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Old Feb 14, 2004, 06:43 PM
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Does the wax paper come off the tape easily?
Old Feb 14, 2004, 09:24 PM
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Slowrider,
Haven't really tried anything else yet. I never had the need to put my decals on my other planes (3dx, ult bip, estarter, slowstick, & freedom glider). I just either paint them w/ pentel pens or use the supplied decals. But when my pcw came, I had to be a little creative. So, I ended up creating my own using the above technique.
I hope the inkjet decal will last long, if ever your gonna try that one. For the one I did, I guess the quality will depend on the colored tape you'll use.

wattsup_kz,
Yes, the tape will come off the wax paper without a problem. Just one note though, since the tape and wax paper are both thin, you might find it hard to separate them on the edges. If this is so, try using your hobby knife to separate the tape.

Hope this works for you guys!
Old Feb 14, 2004, 10:38 PM
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Good post


Thanks Jordan......
This should help a lot of pilots with the design they want...
Good Post...
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Old Feb 14, 2004, 11:19 PM
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Wow...thank you very much....I am sure I can fudge a way to do that with oracover or some other covering...thanks a ton
Old Feb 15, 2004, 07:21 AM
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Originally posted by SlowRider
Jodan,

Nice tip! I've been thinking of using decals on my next plane and was considering using the inkjet decal paper and clear acrylic spray. Have you tried that method? Was wondering about the longevity of the decal.


Andy
This does work well, but boy it can be expensive.

I have used several sorts of inkjet decal paper. Mostly the better the print, the stiffer and less flexible is the decal, so for compound curves, get the special super stretchable stuff.

Spray immediately. else sweaty finger will ruin it, and spray again once in place.

I tend to use whlte paper to get decent colors, rather than transparent, and try and match the background color to what I am applying over.
Old Feb 15, 2004, 12:38 PM
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Vintage1,

Thanks for the info!


Andy


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