A statement of expectations for after market decals?
I am in the process of completing a Hasegawa 1/72 kit of the P2V-7 Neptune. Now, I am always for trying to build "out of the box", but this brings the problem of what to do when decals are too old. On this occasion my usual routine of placing the old decal sheet in the sun for a few weeks (e.g. https://www.marcellorosa.com/1-72-pby4-2-privateer) did not work, and the decals disintegrated. Thus, I was forced to source aftermarket decals (https://www.scalemates.com/kits/print-scale-72-106-lockheed-p-2-neptune--461642).
My subsequent experience was very frustrating, which made me wonder: is there a list of expectations from modellers, to guide companies that sell aftermarket decals? I decided to start one anyway. As you can imagine this is based on my recent experience.
If a modeller is to pay top dollar for an aftermarket decal sheet, this is what is expected:
- The manufacturer will do proper research to ensure that the decals will all be of correct size for the proposed scale. (Not, as in my case, having some that are clearly too large and too small).
- The manufacturer will ensure that the decals are in sufficient quantity to provide a full set of markings for the planes included in the sheet.
(Not, as in my case, having "danger - jet intake" warnings only for the outward facing sides of the jet nacelles, and other omissions which required me to improvise with bits and pieces from other kits)
- The manufacturer will ensure that the instructions will show exactly where the decals are supposed to go.
(Fuzzy photos of the stencils which do not indicate where the region photographed is in the fuselage or wing are not acceptable).
- The manufacturer will ensure that the decals are not so transparent that one can see what is painted underneath.
(I had to mask and paint on top of the white decals wherever they overlie sea blue).
Any more suggestions for this list?