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Oct 14, 2006, 12:43 PM
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Detailing Slofly's EPP Foamies With Decal Paper


A number of people have expressed an interest in the method I used to detail my Slofly kits. I have never been very successful with spraying, so I decided to try using inkjet printable waterslide transfer paper. Credit for the idea goes to RCAV8R13 who used a similar method last year for his scratchbuilt Sirocco 2 Bipe (possibly the best looking foamie I have ever seen!). The difference being that I cover the airframe after the build is complete rather than before cutting the parts out of foam.

The decal paper used below was sourced from BelDecal.com. Four sheets of 11"x17" Clear were used for the Mini 3D 28", and three sheets for the Micro 3D 22".

Due to my models already being built and covered, the instructions below were done using a separate Mini 28" horizontal stab and elevator. The same method is used on a completed model.

I hope some of you find this useful.

Si.
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Oct 14, 2006, 02:13 PM
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VERY Cool! I've thought about trying the same thing but with self-adhesive vinyl decals. Problem is, I can't seem to find a source for clear vinyl ink-jet printable self adhesive sheets. Would you know of a source?

Doubletap
Oct 14, 2006, 05:11 PM
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Thanks DT. I also looking into using adhesive labels, but the biggest size I could find were 8 1/2" x 11" which was too restrictive. They would also be heavier, and need covercoating with a clear laquer to make them waterproof. If you fancy giving them a try, they can be purchased from Amazon.com here

Si.
Oct 15, 2006, 07:35 PM
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Another good one! I'm adding this to my "tips and tricks" post, firetrappe.
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...7&postcount=32

Brad
Oct 16, 2006, 03:53 AM
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Cheers Brad, glad you likey

Si.
Oct 17, 2006, 07:31 PM
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I likey the fact that this is easy and light. I don't think you can get this light using an airbrush (I know I couldn't - or as nice ). It must be a pain for you, but it's nice to have that decal manufacturer over here on this side of the Atlantic.
Oct 18, 2006, 11:27 AM
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I'd forgotten about Brads super dooper links, this is deffo a keeper and Im bound to forget how FT did it. Add that link in there dude

Thanks again Si, Awesome grafix
Dec 14, 2006, 07:59 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by firetrappe
A number of people have expressed an interest in the method I used to detail my Slofly kits. I have never been very successful with spraying, so I decided to try using inkjet printable waterslide transfer paper. Credit for the idea goes to RCAV8R13 who used a similar method last year for his scratchbuilt Sirocco 2 Bipe (possibly the best looking foamie I have ever seen!). The difference being that I cover the airframe after the build is complete rather than before cutting the parts out of foam.
I've got some inkjet waterslide transfer paper. I'll give that a try. Thanks firetrappe
Last edited by abenn; Dec 14, 2006 at 08:08 AM.
Dec 15, 2006, 05:46 AM
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A friend of mine is into rubber powered indoor stuff. He prints graphics directly onto Japanes tissue. He does this by taping the tissue to a sheet of printer paper to help it through the printer. he also sets his printer on the lowest ink values to prevent bleeding. The reuts are very good.

This tissue idea could possibly be used to make a decal to apply over foam I think.

BTW where do you get the decal paper?

Dan
Jan 10, 2007, 08:51 PM
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I tried thin tissue taped around the sides on paper and it turned into a mess.
How do you tape it on?
The decal paper is waterproof and at beldecal.com
I've ordered 50 sheets and have some 5 packs if interested here:
http://slofly.com/cart/product_info....oducts_id=1326
Feb 15, 2007, 03:41 PM
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Thanks Fire!!

This is so easy I only need to worry about what to put on the decal.

If you have any graphic files to post please do.
Any links to stuff to print on decal paper for the plane would be great!
Jun 29, 2007, 12:43 PM
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Wow this stuff keeps getting better!
Latest blog entry: Yunnec Typhoon H Review
Sep 06, 2007, 11:08 PM
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Decals rip and I mean it not literally!

1*0=0 and boolean logic says that 1+1=1 because + is inclusive or.
A Karnauff map deduces this to the most simple terms.
To ask what this means is to use reason to ask about the algorithms of reason.
If this does not tickle you sky blue study inductive, deductive logic, Socrates, Boolean Algebra and Karnauff Maps. All directly related to RC
Google.com is the oracle of 70's TV use it!
Now that we are clear where is all the decal talk taking place?
Oh I can just google it....
Sep 07, 2007, 12:44 AM
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waterslide decals
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