>As you may know, "real" decals are made using screen printing, with solid
>color inks. I have seen hobbyist screen printing setups at a local art store,
>but for my purposes, this method produces a decal that is acceptable to me.
>Most people who see them say they look very nice. Toner colors are not the
>same as solid color screen printing inks, but again, I am more than happy with
>what I get. The only thing you absolutely cannot reproduce are white areas.
Which is the part that has me stumped. My D-power Gemini capsule
still lacks proper decals, and of course it needs white lettering over
black. This wouldn't be so bad, except the lettering has to wrap
around the complex curve of a shroud and would really tax my skills to
do properly by hand with transfer letters (I have enough trouble
laying them out in a straight line <G>). So, I'd like to be able to
lay it out on the computer. The only idea I've had so far is to
underpaint an area on the capsule white, then make a slightly oversize
decal in black and leave the lettering areas clear. Thing is, I have
doubts that the laser printed decal will be dark enough or opaque
enough to hide the white paint underneath. Would any of you with
decal-making experience care to venture an opinion?
I also need appropriately sized U.S. flags, but I suspect that someone
out there makes a sheet of flags in assorted sizes, and I just haven't
found them yet. Any clues would be appreciated.
Hmmm, a last-resort idea just occurred to me. I could print the
markings in black on the laser printer, then use them with a light-box
as a positioning guide for hand-applied transfer lettering. Far from
ideal, but that may be what I end up doing.
>If you buy from Terminal Hobby Shop, make SURE you tell them you want their
>private label 8 1/2 x 11 blank decal stock. They also sell a Microscale
>product, but it is 6 x 9 or something like that.
>A local art supply store (Artist and Display, here in Milwaukee) has 8 1/2 x
>11 sheets of clear, very thin self-adhesive stock that comes in two types. One
>is for a laser printer and the other is for ink jet printers. The stuff is
>kind of expensive though.