u m m a r y
||Available in 1/72 and 1/48
|Contents and Media:
||1 small sheet of decals, 1
sheet of artwork.
||Made to order, good clarity
||Each individual decal requires
cutting out due to limitations of the printing process. Decals
slightly susceptible to scratching when cutting out. (See text)
by Dale Smith
You may have already seen my reviews of other 'Mike Grant
Decals' here on HyperScale in previous number of weeks.
Mike produces all of his decals in his basement, with artwork that he
personally produces and then generates on his computer. The decals are
then printed on a 'ALPS' printer. The inks that Mike is using are
waterproof and also light-fast, and he advises that they also react well
to MicroSol and MicroSet. When purchased, the decals are printed
individually and made to order.
The only drawback I have found with this style of decals is that a
little bit more care is required when cutting them out, as they are
susceptible to scratching and scraping. To avoid any damage, its a good
idea to use a plastic ruler or scrap styrene as the hard edge for cutting
them out with the hobby knife. The other point to note is that the carrier
film covers the entire sheet, so each individual item needs to be cut out
separately. In some cases or to avoid registration problems, separate
white parts are supplied which are aligned and added during the decaling
process (not required with this set). With a little extra care they
compare well with screen printed decals. All other decal and model
preparation criteria apply.
The sample I have received from this manufacturer for review covers a
single aircraft, a B-24 Liberator, serial 250551 named "Delectable
Doris". The airframe is in a natural metal scheme, with quite
attractive nose art and a black anti-glare panel and black tailplanes.
The decals in my review sample were very nicely printed. There was no
register problems, all details were very clear and sharp and the colour
density was very good.
This is a very nice marking option for that natural metal finish B-24
you may have been too scared to build.
Information has also been given with the review sample, that if you
happen to damage an item during the decal application process, simply
contact Mike by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
for a replacement.
Thanks to Mike Grant Decals for the review sample
Mike Grant Decals are
available from his website where you can also see the rest of his range at
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