Tips on Applying Model Plane Decals

Tips on Applying Model Plane Decals

Applying decals on your latest project can be the most satisfying part of completing your model airplane. Decals add authenticity and character, and of course, visual interest and personality. Most kits come with their own decals, but you can also purchase aftermarket model plane decals that can sometimes be of better quality as well as more variety to choose from. Basic instructions of how to apply decals are usually covered in your kit instructions, but if you want to move past the basic and into the more advanced, you can achieve some more realistic effects. The goal would be to have your decals on your model plane look painted on rather than
stuck on.

First, keep in mind, decals work better when applied to a glossy surface. If you model airplane has a matte finish, you may consider applying a gloss coat on your model first. Next, remove any excess film around or in the decal that isn't part of the design. For instance, cut out the center of the letter "O" by using a sharp XACTO knife and remove. This will remove spots that may take away from the "painted on" look you are trying to achieve. There are also some products on the market that help soften the decal during application so as to adhere to the surface better, especially in any grooves in the model. After you are happy with your model plane decal application, seal the deal with another gloss coat. With a little patience and attention to detail, your next model airplane will surely shine!