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Andre B

Academy, Italeri and Roden decals...

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Is decals from Academy and Italeri as bad as often mentioned in build reviews and "in the works" or should those decals be handled in an different way than most decals? 

 

Is there something many builders miss when working with Academy, Italeri and Roden decals?

 

What's behind those bad experiences?

 

Cheers / André

 

 

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Academy, yes tread carefully though some special boxings come with lovely cartograph decals, italeri can be a mixed bag, but nowadays they are decent, the older they are though the more iffy they become 

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I just completed their reboxing of the 1/48 Hunter and used a combination of the kit decals plus some old Academy ones from a previous kit - both worked perfectly....

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Academy decals have went on very well for me but over time they tend to lose adhesion to the model and curl up.  I think the best way to solve this problem would make sure you seal the decals well.  Roden decals are a completely different issue for me - they just don't settle down at all and it is impossible to get the to curve around even the simplest of structures (to say nothing of complex curves). They silver like crazy but I think this is the same problem.  I have bathed them in solveset to no avail.  I am going to try using a heat gun on them but this is also a risk but it is the last thing I can think of that might work.  It is a shame because otherwise I like Roden models, it is only the decals that seem to ruin the experience.

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