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Building Scale Models: Part 2- Decaling Page 1/2 by wbd Building Scale Models: Part 2- Decaling Page 1/2 by wbd
This is part two of my series about how to build scale models (for art purposes). I want to cover how to apply water-slide decals in this section. That can get pretty complicated, so I'll just stick to the basics.

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Part 1 of the comic series deals with the basics of building snap-together models:
Building Scale Models: Guide Cover

You'll also notice that there's a new character giving instructions for this part. I want each part to have a different character giving instructions, as that's a useful bit of practice as well.

I need to practice drawing comic pages, and I've been trying to draw a page a week for that practice. I figured that this time I'd draw an instructional comic. In this case, I want to teach a bit about how to build scale models. I think models can be quite useful for an artist, but building them does require a few skills and tools. I hope that this little series can help explain what is needed and how you can build models. This isn't about building contest winners, but rather how to build models you'd find use for in your art.
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tyrannosaur1984 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018
Oh God,how I used to build kits-my favorate was the F-4E Phantom. Decals was easy-but for painting clear canopies/windows,I used electrician's tape to cover areas NOT to painted,and used scisors on pieces of electrician's tape to do the three top to medium sides of Vietnam era F-4s.  

Thanks and great work.
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Electrician's tape? How did you deal with the residue? For painting canopies, I use gift wrapping tape (3M's Scotch Brand) or Tamiya masking tape, as they leave no residue. Sometimes the manufacturers are nice and put canopy masks in the box.
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tyrannosaur1984 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018
Strange,I rarely had that problem,but if sticky residue on plastic is found,I use a touch of Formula 409 on paper towel and lightly wipe it off-after making sure the paint is dry.
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good to hear. I've had fairly good luck with gift wrapping tape and Tamiya tape, so I'll probably keep using them- but I will keep your comment in mind if I run out and need alternatives.
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tyrannosaur1984 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018
Whoops,I meant the three color camoflage,light brown or tan,medium green and dark green for Vietnam era Phantoms.

As for decals-I LOVED the shark mouths painted on F-4s. Like the classic P-40 fighters of the Flying Tigers. Oh yes,the P-40s of World War II were also my favorate.
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Randommode Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Wow I didn't know that 
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
And knowing is half the battle
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Battosai16 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Student General Artist
Oh, helpful.
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hopefully!
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Battosai16 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Student General Artist
Yeah.
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mpz28 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018
very nice Cool Emoticon Love Bravo #2
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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coredumperror Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018
Huh, I've never heard of water slide decals. Probably because i've never done any model making. Interesting!
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
A lot of gunpla use stickers, but stickers aren't quite as useful for many models. Waterslide decals can be made a lot thinner, which is handy for accurate scale models. They fit on various curved surfaces more readily. I think you can put more detail on them- at least I've seen them with more details than a lot of stickers. Downside is that they take a bit more skill to work with.
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coredumperror Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
Cool!
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