you remember making AIRFIX kits when you were a lad? And what was the last thing you did
after battling with Polystyrene cement and those Humbrol Enamel
paints? You got
into another mess with the transfers, didn't you? They all floated
off together or you tore them trying to remove them from the backing
paper too quickly, or where a wayward spot of glue had sealed their
Well, you can enjoy that fun and
failure all over again for transfer paper for Inkjet and Laser
Printers is available in A4 sheets for you to decorate your latest
model, scale or otherwise.
As you may have seen already on my Contents Page I revamped my old aerobatic model, the RUMOUR, with a repaint, some new servos and graphics and I 'graphicked' and my latest one, the AEROBAT, too. I use Adobe Photoshop for image manipulation but any piece of graphic software, even the ones supplied with your digital camera, will produce smart images. If you're really stuck try 'Googling' the image or font you are looking for or simply use Microsoft's Paint or Microsoft Word's 'Word Art' facility for fancy lettering like my title graphic above.
If it's something special you want for a scale model, or you can't find the exact font of typefaces, that's easy enough too — just use a photograph of the original graphic. If you're photo-manipulating skills aren't up to much there must be someone in your club from whom you can ask advice.
It quite easy to do,
just print your designs on to a sheet of transfer (decal) paper, allow to dry
and spray the image with clear gloss acrylic spray (light coats) to
waterproof the transfers and you are set to get into a mess all over
again. When the lacquer is DRY cut your designs from the sheet and
soak them in warm water for a minute or so just as you did all those
Inkjet Printable Self-Adhesive Vinyl
This is also available from eBay. It is much more durable than a transfer but thicker too. Once again you will need to seal the Inkjet ink with a clear lacquer. This paper is available in clear or white.
I got my Inkjet
transfer paper from Ebay. Just search for Decal, Waterslide or
Transfer Inkjet paper and you'll find it easily enough. I searched for it in February 2010
and found that 10 A4 sheets cost £11.49 + £1.99 p&p but like I said, one sheet
will hold a lot of images. Single sheets are available too, albeit
at a premium.
Airfix - www.airfix.com
(in case you're tempted)