APPLYING ALPs DECALS
described below are intended for mature and experienced modelers. They
are unsuitable for children.
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!
commencing, you may find it helpful 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.
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.
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 the smallest 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. Soak each decal for
between 10 to 15 secs, depending on water temperature. If it is not completely
mobile after 15 secs, to avoid the risk of it 'floating off', you can
remove decal from water and lay it backing paper down on
a dampened sheet of kitchen roll until it is fully mobile. Warning:
unless the backing paper is fully saturated and the film adhesive fully
softened before you try to slide the decal off, it may collapse!
models, or if your model has deep paneling or engraving, to get each decal to
fit as snugly as possible (for that professional printed-on appearance) 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
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.
enhance the decals appearance, allow the decals to dry on the model for
approx 20 to 30 mins 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
Where it is
necessary to apply one decal on top of another, for example an
Iron Cross onto streaked camouflage, apply a thin coat of acrylic gloss
varnish over the applied streaked cammo decal. Allow to fully dry
and then apply the Iron Cross decal using the Micro-set method described above.
When you have
completed all decal work on your model, to protect the full-film decal
paint (and yield a realistic finish!) it is essential to apply a thin coat(s)
of 'acrylic' mat varnish.
enamel and all other spirit-based varnishes. These 'dissolve' full-film type
For scale comparison, refer to
the guide in my e-bay store by clicking this link : Scale Comparison.
POSTAGE AND PACKING
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
Value of goods:
£1 to £40
£41 to £70
£71 to £99
Goods outside UK are posted via standard international Air-mail.
Models and other bulky goods are mailed twice weekly, normally Wednesday
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 following dispatch: under 3 working days in UK / 5 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
do not pay for items individually, but use basket until your
purchases are completed and then make a single payment on combined invoice.
Enjoy . . .