Happy Christmas Everyone!
And Now, an update of sorts.
One of the trickier aspects of decaling this bad boy, is the issue of accommodating the opened boarding ladder. The Tamiya decals for VF-2 and VF-84 allow for this option (nicely i might add), but no such luck for the Furball decals. You might say, “just go ahead and stick the boarding steps in the closed position, decal over them, easy peasy, etc…” but cutting off the locating tabs on the steps i thought was a bit extreme, so…
I carefully measured the dimensions of the boarding step cutout, and transferred these to a piece of Tamiya tape. After double checking the measurements and making some adjustments, i carefully laid this on the Furball decal sheet and cut around the template with a sharp X-Acto blade and a steel straight edge. After soaking the decal in water, just a little tug and the unwanted portion broke free. I was then able to get this modified decal onto the model…
Unlike past experiences, the Tamiya Stencil decals have been working well, though they seem a little vulnerable in places to being eaten up by Mirco Sol. They have laid down onto the Mr Color gloss gull gray pretty well. The Furball decals have been performing well too, though they are a little bit gluey and i’m still casting about to determine what works best for removing the excess adhesive. Right now i’m using a wet paper towel soaked in Dawn dishwashing liquid and warm water.
The Tamiya Turbine Warning stripe is perfectly tailored to fit the model. Also, by splicing two decals from the Furball sheet, i was able to come up with Gypsy 203’s BuAer number.
Finally, i know a lot of you want to see how the tail looks, so here’s a throwaway shot of the back end with the verticals stood in place. Still doing some tweaking on those…
I should mention i’ve gone back to using my new SONY camera to take these shots. I need to get used to its functionality and setup, but its better suited to the broader spectrum of camera requirements i have compared to the (still remarkably good) iPhone 6s.
So, in conclusion it’s just an update about decals, and obviously she’s not gonna be done in time for Christmas but hey- You Can’t Rush Art.
To Be Continued…..