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1/144 WoG Decals WWI German Zeppelin Staaken - Shapeways - YK-44
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Type: Decal
Scale: 1:144 Model: Zeppelin Staaken
Brand: Y-K

Mehusla 1/144 Scale ALPs Decals:  WWI German 'Zeppelin Staaken', Large Bomber 

Generic water-slide decals designed for customising Shapeways 1/144 scale WWI German Zeppelin Staaken replica.  The decals come on pale blue backing paper.  For clarity, selected decals may be shown as negatives or with green backgrounds.  I apologise for the poor quality of any images.  The actual decals are guaranteed to be crisp and bright.  

Please select from the following available sets:

  • YK-44-1:  1917-1918 white-lined iron cross markings (23mm square overall) for aircraft R25 to R27, in optional black / white colours. 
  • YK-44-2:  1918 late war white-lined beam cross markings (26mm square) for aircraft R52 to R54, in optional black / white colours.

To maintain low cost, no art work is supplied with these decals. They assume the modeler will research the various aircraft for details of relevant insignia.  

Mehusla decals are Copyright © 1/144 Direct, 2013, all rights reserved.  They are printed by Y-K Japan using an ALPs printer. This is a five colour device which employs dot-matrix style printing and allows the production of white decals on clear film.  Mehusla decals are produced exclusively for ‘1/144 Direct’, e-bay store. 



The methods described below are for mature modelers and are unsuitable for children.

If you have long thumb nails, trim them short before working with ALPs decals. Surface printed film ink lifts off when touched or manipulated by fingernails!

Before commencing, you may find it useful to read the general guide in my e-bay store for applying water slide decals by clicking this link: Decal Instructions.

The decals have been printed on full page film using an ALPs printer. This means that decals should be closely trimmed to remove surplus film before immersing in water.

Pre-varnish: To avoid trapped air beneath any water slide decal and the resulting unsightly sheen this imparts to your model after decals dry, before commencing, apply a light coat of high gloss acrylic varnish to the model's surface and leave to dry.

I strongly recommend the use of 'decent' small thin-bladed sharp scissors for cutting out decals. (Course or blunt scissors can leave rough edges on the backing paper/film, which can result in decal 'collapse and death' when trying to remove them from the saturated backing paper.) Cut as close to the decal artwork as possible, leaving only a small surround of clear film.

It is essential to use 'warm' water to soften water-slide decals. Keep the water warm throughout decaling work. Only soak one decal at a time, for between 10 to 15 seconds depending on water temperature. If it is not completely mobile after 15 seconds, to avoid the risk of 'floating off', remove decal from water and lay it backing paper down on a dampened sheet of kitchen paper until the decal is fully mobile.  Warning: Do not try to force it!  Unless the backing paper is saturated and the film adhesive fully softened before you try to slide the decal off, it may collapse!

On 'gritty' Shapeways' models a hot air gun (commercial paint stripper) can be used for surface smoothing of large surfaces. Hot air guns can be dangerous, so follow the manufacturer's instructions! The gun must generate enough heat to reduce the surface grittiness quickly. Do not linger on any part of the model for more than approx 2 seconds or the model will melt and distort! Avoid applying heat to any thin parts such as tails, struts, etc.. A steel ruler is an excellent heat guard to protect thin parts. Afterwards, a light rub with fine wet and dry sand paper over any areas where decals are to be applied provides final smoothness. Use a sable art brush to remove any dust. When clean, apply generous spray coat(s) of acrylic sealer. When this has dried, apply generous coats of grey acrylic primer. All subsequent art work on my featured models including varnishes are painted by hand.

For that professional printed-on appearance, especially on Shapeways’, or if your model has deep paneling or engraving, use a decal softener such as Micro-set. Apply the Micro-set to the model's surface where the decal is to be placed and then carefully position the decal. After a few moments, using a small square of folded damp kitchen towel, apply increasing fingertip pressure to 'meld' the softened decal into the surface detail.

Where it is necessary to wrap the decal around, for example, the leading edge of a wing, apply additional washes of Micro-set to the decal area being wrapped. Allow to soak for a few minutes and then reapply pressure with damp paper kitchen towel. Repeat as necessary until you are satisfied with the results.

To avoid any confusion, using a DVD permanent marker, I number the blue Micro-set bottle and cap with a large # 1 and the red Micro-sol bottle and cap with # 2. (Micro-Clear I mark with # 3.)

Where you are applying one decal on top of another, for example Iron Cross on top of streaked camouflage, apply a thin coat of acrylic gloss varnish over the applied streaked decal. Allow to fully dry and then apply the Iron Cross decal using the Micro-set method described above.

Where you are covering upper and lower wing surfaces with camouflage decals, I recommend starting with upper wing surfaces. When applying the decal to the model, 'wrap' any surplus over the leading / trailing edges. Next, apply camouflage decals to under wing surfaces. You may wish to use paper templates and an HB pencil, making templates slightly larger than the required size.

Where necessary, after any applied decal has dried, edges can be trimmed precisely with a razor-sharp craft knife. I personally use a scalpel for such detailed work. These and replacement blades are quite cheap to buy, but must only be used by experienced mature modelers.

To further enhance your decal's finished appearance, allow to dry on the model for approx 20 to 30 minutes and then using a soft art brush, apply a quick generous wash of Micro-sol to each decal's surface. The decals may wrinkle but do not touch them! Wrinkles straighten out while the decals slowly meld to the model's surface. Test the use of Micro-sol on a spare decal before applying to your model!

When you are finally finished all decal work, to protect the full-film decal ink (and yield a realistic finish!) it is essential to apply a thin coat(s) of 'acrylic' mat varnish or other suitable clear coat.

Note: avoid enamel and all other spirit-based varnishes. These 'dissolve' full-film type decal paint.



UK only:  Postage free.

Rest of the world:  First set as per listed price.  Each additional set + £0.10

Recorded Delivery & tracking is required on all transactions valued £40.00 and over.  Please await combined invoice which will include the following:

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Goods outside UK are posted via standard international Air-mail.

Models and other bulky goods are mailed twice weekly, normally Wednesday & Friday.

Decal orders are posted next working day when payment is received before 16:00 hours. When payment is received after 16:00 hours, decals are posted within two working days.

Typical delivery time from receipt of payment: under 3 working days in UK / 3 to 8 working days outside UK, but depending on location.


Please complete payment within 3 days of purchase.

To reduce processing time of your order, if you intend to purchase other decals, please do not pay for items individually, but use basket until your purchases are completed and then make a single payment on combined invoice.

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I endeavour to fully describe all items accurately. If there is any item description you believe can be improved to assist other buyers, please e-mail me. Under distant selling regulations you have the right to return goods purchased on-line. Returns are accepted and refunds or replacements gladly given upon receipt and inspection of the original item. Please contact me by e-mail or phone within 7 calendar days of receipt if you have any question about an item received. Returns should be posted back to me within 30 calendar days of receipt, unused in their original packaging using 2nd class mail or ordinary air-mail. If you do not wish an exchange, your purchase price & original postage will be refunded following return of the goods. Return postage will be refunded if decals are confirmed defective.
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