|Hobby Decal Bf-109 stencils in 1/32 scale
Dry transfer (rubbing) type stencils to replace decals
||- 14.98 USD
Three printed sheets and placement instructions.
||- No silvering / no clear film.
- Can be applied over gloss or flat finishes
- Unbeatable system when applied over natural metal finishes
Cannot be moved during application.
- May be difficult to appy over tight corners and protusions.
Recommended, particularly if you hate decals.
I wonīt repeat Brad Hagenīs words of the advantadges and disavantadges of using dry transfers. Product ST32004 comes in three sheets, according to the number of printing colors. The quality of the printing is outstanding, and the register is almost spot on, with only marginal deviations that can be easily ignored. The Germans were (and still are) very exquisite in their engineering and documentation. This applies to virtually every Luftwaffe aircraft stencil plan, even during the final months of the war. This set captures virtually every stencil applied to the Bf-109F and later versions. Iīm sure most of them can be used in earlier versions too, but it is up to you to check it out. Hobby Decal product numbers indicate the current version of the set, showing that they care about possible future corrections.
The picture below shows the official stencil map for the Bf-109. As you can see, Hobby Decal instructions are very close, eh?...
How they go on a finished model, you may be asking? Here are some pics of this sheet in action. Iīve measured some recessed details molded on the fuselage of the Revell-Monogram Bf-109 G-4, and compared with the corresponding dry-transfers to be applied on... they match wonderfully.
Are them worth? Well, every cent, in our opinion. It is very tuff to find faults in a well applied water slide decal after a couple of coats of varnish. And surely they are more forgiving. However, as the pictures above show, dry transfers have they place in modeling. Aditionally, you can apply dry transfers directly over flat paints, and they wonīt detract from the final appearance of the model, as they are flat too. They also conform to the surface details without stinking setting solutions that can stain your paint job after some years (I talk by experience). Not to mention the subjects in natural metal finishes, an old nemesis for clear films, you know. Just take care with hot thinners applied over them, because they may melt the transfers. If you are not convinced, you can always apply the dry transfers on a piece of clear decal film and use them as an ordinary decal.
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