I picked the kit scheme of the JASDF
no.305 squadron plane at Hyakuri Air Base.
OK, decalling started on this huge
model. Tamiya provides loads of decals and smaller stencils for this plane.
Although the decals are a bit thick,
they respond after some time to decalling softening fluid of DACO. This
was needed in some areas.
I always use the following sequence
1. start a one side at work from there
(so upper, lower etc)
2. cut out each decal or a couple
of them, but no more than 5 at a time
3. put them in water; for the Tamiya
decals soaking them takes quite some time so you will need to keep them
in the water
4. pull out when there are (almost)
5. have on a piece of plastic bag
some Johnson Future/Pledge
available set there with a brush. Keep that surface wet.
6. with tweezers take a decals, pull
"through the wetted Future so the decal's rear side is wetted with Future
NOTE: when the decal is to complex
or big, you can not pull it off its paper backing with a tweezer. In that
case wet the model spot/surface with Future prior to applying the decal,
sliding it off its backing paper above the appropriate model spot.
7. position decal on the model
8. move exactly in correct position
9. dep dry with a old piece of a
10. let dry, done!
All decals were set to this model,
it took 3 evenings and afternoons of time.
You see all stencilling here, but
note that some will be oversprayed later on using the sanme surface colour.
This will blend in many decals into the model.
grey panel will receive some grey
weathering later on.
red roundels required some DACO softening
fluid to get a perfect fit
the Samurai figure on the splitter
note the red line at the rear, this
was cut in 4 pieces to get it straight
the lower surfaces