Decal's My Way
One reason is: I like what we call here in America "Flashie Things" and the paint application on this jet just made me buy the model.
Another reason was: I wondered if I can cut out all the white stars along with the "U.S.A.F." letters and place them correctly on the tail plane and wings? Holy Cow:::: I discovered that the real aircraft's wings were painted on the bottom, just like they were painted on the top.
I liked those challenge's so it was build the model "o.o.b." then paint it with Tamiya's Titanium Silver along with their blue and red paints. I apply some Future on top of the final paint job and let it dry for about a week.
I put a new #11 blade in my Xacto knife holder and taped down sections of the decals on my clean matt thats on my work bench. I carefully cut around all of the white stars, including the two different colors of U.S.A.F. then put section's of the star decals into some clean water. After a minute or so, I placed the wet decals on my matt and carefully separated the stars from the blue decal film.
For a few decades I have taken a full bottle of "MicroSet" and poured it into a bigger bottle then I pore in a full bottle of "Micro-Sol". It is mixed up real good then I refill the original glass bottles.
My next operation for applying my decal is: I apply a drop or two of my mixed up "set & sol" to the decal that is still on its' wet paper backing. I add a couple more drops to the watered area on the model where the decal is to go. I just applied the white star's on top of Tamiya's blue paint and carefully push/pull the star's and other decals into their proper place and gently brush them down with a very soft 1/2" model brush. I use my home made panel line tool and gently roll it down the panel lines. This method makes it look like the decals are painter on the model. I had no problem attaching the front "Skyblazer" decal once I removed all of the decal film. Remember if I could do it, you can too. Rodney!
P.S. I'm going to post some armor and car models next week.