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Dora Fairey FD2 decal problem


John R

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I just went to apply the decals and came across a 'Showstopper' which I have not seen flagged up by anyone else. Has it been corrected by Dora and have I got an early set?

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John

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It does make me wonder if the manufacturers ever build their kits before releasing them

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Looking at a few images of WG774, while it's true that the whole serial ought to be inside the elevator actuator, it's not as far in or as small as that placement diagram suggests.  And as that has at least five differences from the panel line layout on the plastic you've shown (and that's just the bit that we can see!) I wonder if the diagram is more wrong than the decal.  There's still something wrong with the spacing: the W and G are a bit too far apart, and you could almost slip a 1 between the second 7 and the 4.  So maybe you can salvage it by cutting the decal apart and kerning it more accurately.

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Ooh Err! I saw your post just in time as I have wasted an afternoon putting it 'right', as shown below. Fortunately the decals had not set and I was able to remove them. Thank you

John

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1 hour ago, pigsty said:

Looking at a few images of WG774, while it's true that the whole serial ought to be inside the elevator actuator, it's not as far in or as small as that placement diagram suggests.  And as that has at least five differences from the panel line layout on the plastic you've shown (and that's just the bit that we can see!) I wonder if the diagram is more wrong than the decal.  There's still something wrong with the spacing: the W and G are a bit too far apart, and you could almost slip a 1 between the second 7 and the 4.  So maybe you can salvage it by cutting the decal apart and kerning it more accurately.

As the Americans say 'Close, but no cigar'

The slope of the 4 and the 7 seem to be different but if you were not too picky one could get away with suggested remedy but here's how it looks as a lash-up

 

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and this was the only picture I could find of the a/c

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I'm off for a lie-down in a darkened room

John

 

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No, it's not picking nits, it's just being observant. The size of the lettering is right but the kerning between the last two numerals was wrong. To me it looked like it had been monospaced. 

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You will also find the white ringed surrounded roundels do not exist on the NMF aircraft (they do for pink & blue options))so best to source spares and replace those supplied within the kit. I did question this with Dora once on their Face Book page and they admitted that the decal sheet was too small to supply both sets of roundels, so elected to go with the ‘harder to source’ white surrounded ones. I suspect they have not mentioned this within the kit instructions, so best to check photographs to confirm your opinions. If the serial number spacing bothers you, then the roundels might too. 

 

Cheers.. Dave 

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9 hours ago, Pritch said:

No, it's not picking nits, it's just being observant. The size of the lettering is right but the kerning between the last two numerals was wrong. To me it looked like it had been monospaced. 

If you simply type WG774 you get the 'gap' between the 7 and the 4 and that's how it appeared on the decals but the illustration in the kit shows it the way it appears on the a/c. Interestingly theWG774 on the rear of the fuselage of the a/c does not have the 7 and 4 closed up when it first flew but this was changed when it appeared with its brother at Farnborough in World Recorder Holder markings.

 

9 hours ago, Rabbit Leader said:

You will also find the white ringed surrounded roundels do not exist on the NMF aircraft (they do for pink & blue options))so best to source spares and replace those supplied within the kit. I did question this with Dora once on their Face Book page and they admitted that the decal sheet was too small to supply both sets of roundels, so elected to go with the ‘harder to source’ white surrounded ones. I suspect they have not mentioned this within the kit instructions, so best to check photographs to confirm your opinions. If the serial number spacing bothers you, then the roundels might too. 

 

Cheers.. Dave 

Now it's me being unobservant. I had seen the white ringed decals on the coloured a/c and felt sure that I had seen them in pictures of the NMF version so didn't check further. Even worse the rather grainy picture I have of two of them together on the runway appears to show the fuselage decal with a white ring but the one supplied in the kit for that version does not have one. Even worser (sorry, but this is getting to me) replacement of the white ringed decals is not going to be easy.  A quick check of the spares box showed nothing suitable and a measurement of those supplied seemed to indicate that they were 45" diameter which I think is a non-standard size.

Gordon Bennett! why do we do this to ourselves?

Thank you

John

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No way!

a. It's stuck on the model

b. Even if it wasn't that sort of delicacy is beyond me

John

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1 hour ago, John R said:

  A quick check of the spares box showed nothing suitable and a measurement of those supplied seemed to indicate that they were 45" diameter which I think is a non-standard size.

I stand corrected. I think that I was measuring the diameter of the blue ring. In fact a standard 48" roundel fits beautifully over the existing one which saves trying to remove it. Similarly a 30" one fits, not quite perfectly, over the one on the underside of the wing. It leaves a tiny white border which could be taken as the carrier film if you don't look too hard.

John

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If it makes you feel any better, prior to DW issuing the kit, I re-vamped both my FROG kits into blue and violet schemes, and everything came from the spares box.

Not perfect but nobody noticed at Telford.

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