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B-24 Liberator

"Delectable Doris"

 

 

Mike Grant Decals

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: N/A
Scale: Available in 1/72 and 1/48 scale.
Contents and Media: 1 small sheet of decals, 1 sheet of artwork.
Price: 1/48 USD$6.00
1/72 USD$5.00
Review Type: First Look.
Advantages: Made to order, good clarity and detail..
Disadvantages: Each individual decal requires cutting out due to limitations of the printing process. Decals slightly susceptible to scratching when cutting out. (See text)
Recommendation: Highly Recommended.

 

Reviewed by Dale Smith

 

F i r s t   L o o k


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.

 

 

Conclusion

 

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 decals@mikegrantdesign.com for a replacement.

Highly Recommended.

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 www.cadvision.com/mikegrant/MikeGrantDecals/



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Review Copyright 2001 by Dale Smith
Page Created 12 June, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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