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Mick Charlesworth14/07/2017 18:12:39
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Good evening Gents. With my Gb now finished I've returned to my other two projects. One is the 1/48 F86 Sabre. I now have the new decals to replace the armour plated versions that come with the kit. These new ones are slightly thinner and easy to work with but I cant get them to settle into the panels lines etc. I have used Micro Sol and Set and a stronger product made by Walthers which on my Me109 had to be so very careful with decals as they settled in straight away and couldn't be touched. Does anyone have any recommendations for something else to try?

Many thanks


John Race15/07/2017 20:43:50
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Like you I'm waiting for some words of wisdom so a bump.smiley


Fernando Nijhuis15/07/2017 21:02:58
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Hi Mick,

You might try Mr. Mark setter and softer.

Although Micro Set and Sol is my go to decal softer too, I find these two better at taking care of the more tougher decals, i've only used them on Revell's.

Good luck with the decals.


Mick Charlesworth15/07/2017 21:22:15
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Thanks for that John, I've used quite a bit of stuff in the three decals that are on with minimal success so far. Thanks for that Fernando I thought the Walthers stuff would do it as it easily destroyed an old decal I first tested it on.


Richard Foenander16/07/2017 05:25:11
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Hi Mick,

Fernando's suggestion is one way to go with stubborn decals.

How deep are the panel lines and are there many cos i would slice the decals with a sharp blade along these panels and let the decals settle in the panel line. Perhaps the decals are at their maximum stretch and cannot go any further. I would then have heavier panel wash to hide the cut decals.



Mick Charlesworth16/07/2017 23:31:50
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Hi Richard, some lines are pretty straight forward but some not so. I shall soldier on as I really like the model.


paul green 1531/07/2017 23:54:54
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Sometimes I have had he same problem, no matter the amount you give it the decal wont conform. Some people use a qtip to put pressure on the decal. I take a paper towel, tear it in half an fold it into about a 3x3" square. I dip one corner in water and then pinch squash out the extra water so its just damp. I put the damp towel area over the decal and apply gentle pressure pushing it into the surface. push until i know any more could be danger.

Karl01/08/2017 08:49:10
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I'll second Paul's approach, direct pressure using the folded edge of a paper towel.
I have used heat in the past as well, from a hair dryer, and pressure as well.
I was informed by one decal maker that micro sol and set won't work on his decals. But they did.
Lewis Mrotzek02/08/2017 23:30:06
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Have you tried gloss coating the area , and of course letting it cure for a day, before laying down micro set/Sol?

James Charlton22/08/2017 22:02:51
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I have recently moved on from Humbrol Decalfix in water to Micro Set and Sol - These two are brilliant very useful.

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