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Some years ago Aeromaster & Microscale produced letter & number decal sheets.  Does anybody know if those are still in production or if another company is doing something similar?

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I recently bought Woodlands Scenics dry-transfer letters and numbers:

https://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/category/DecalsGraphics

You can apply these to clear decal film--if, say, you're making an aircraft serial number or some other string of characters.  Once you have the dry transfers applied, cut the resulting decal out and apply it as usual.

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I can second Ralph's recommendation for the Woodland Scenics dry transfer lettering. Look for them in the model railroading section of the hobby store. In addition to making "decals" out of them as Ralph suggested, you can use them as masks to paint the markings on. First, paint the color for the letter or number, then rub on the dry transfer over it after the paint has dried. The hard part (for most) is getting the dry transfer(s) on EXACTLY straight and even; especially if there are several close together. (just takes some practice). Now, finish painting the model as usual. Once that's done, you can use some Scotch tape to peel up the dry transfers to reveal the painted letters and numbers.

 

GIL :cool:

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Thanks for the recommendation Ralph & Gil.  I'll look into them.

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I like these ideas. Thanks guys!

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As far as using the Woodland Scenics dry transfer lettering as a mask, I can add that this is now problematic.  The letter sheet has some sort of adhesive applied to it to apparently to keep the backing sheet in place until you decide to remove it.  This adhesive must have some pressure sensitivity properties, whether intended or not, and it more or less makes the application of the letter to a surface permanent.  I experimented with WS US 45 degree letters as a mask and I could not get the letters off the surface again.  Even attempted to use a hobby knife point to encourage the process, and failed miserably.  So be forewarned, it may not work for you.  Test first.  It used to be a neat and easy way to mask for letters without the clear decal film being an issue on natural metal paint schemes.  I do not have any experience with any other manufacturer of dry transfers. 

 

Rick L.

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