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Silver Rivet Decals - 1:48 HGW Decal

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Silver Rivet Decals

1:48 HGW Decals


Realistic rivets are a tricky task, especially if you're planning on leaving the rivets silver on a painted background. Fret no more. This simple solution allows you to do just that, or alternatively, paint over them and still see them through the final paintjob.


Cut a strip of rivets from the backing sheet to the required length, wet them and then place them correctly on your model. Use some decal solvent to get the backing paper to snuggle down, and you're done. If you are painting over them, the paint will act as a fixative, but if you are leaving them silver, a coat of clear will ensure they don't come loose during handling. You can see them in action in the photo below that was culled from the HGW website – an example of an Fw.190 rivet set.


Inside the package are 17 lengths of rivet decal 10 of which are 22.5cm long, the remaining 7 1cm shorter to allow for the HGW logo.


The applications for realistic raised rivets are adding corrected detail on kits that should have raised rivets in places such as the A-10 Thunderbolt's tail, and replacing them where sanding has removed them due to seam filling or such like. All you need is a little water, some decal solution, a fine pair of tweezers, and a good eye. Incidentally, there are sets available at the HGW website that provide you with custom-fit rivets and riveting plans for various aircraft where this finish would be appropriate.

Highly recommended.


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I have exactly the same set and I'm a little bit disappointed.

I've decided to improve my EE Lightning wheel bays doors so I've scribed some rivets and applied some from HGW free lines set. Everything was looking fine until I've coated the door with Alclad gloss black base and... The rivets gone! Actually they are there but they are barely visible... Well I know I can apply them again, but honestly I wasn't expecting that a thin layer of Alclad base could cover them!!! Unfortunately because I had good expectation of them.

Maybe I've done something wrong...

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