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  • 3 months later...

Water slide decals work best when applied to glossy, sealed surfaces. I suppose you could cut them out and glue the paper sides together, without wetting the decals. But you won't be happy, over time. The paper will absorb moisture out of the air and the decals will fall apart. Best to do as Les (bluenose2) suggests and replace them with the cloth ones.


Started: MS Bounty Longboat,

On Hold:  Heinkel USS Choctaw paper

Down the road: Shipyard HMC Alert 1/96 paper, Mamoli Constitution Cross, MS USN Picket Boat #1

Scratchbuild: Echo Cross Section


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Depending on the scale of your model, you could apply them to paper and have them laser copied onto printer paper which I find quite a good permanent solution if you are not a fan of the cloth flags, which are fine for larger scales but at the smaller scales tend to look a little clumsy. The detail tends to be blurred by the weave of the cloth.

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There are iron on transfers available onto which you can copy and print your artwork then iron it on to your preferred fabric. Probably JoAnns fabric will carry these. Sounds like it might be a funproject to try to perfect. Might try spray starch on the fabric so you can shape it a little.  Bill

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Completed Mamoli Halifax and Billings Viking ship in 2015

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I did this little experiment with my decal maker and ink jet printer.   there is a thread here,  but here is my blog on it......I still need to do more on it though:




you can do the same in photo shop.   take an image of the decal sheet...sized to what you need,  and run a piece of sail cloth through you printer.  I used decal bonder to stiffen the cloth .......but I tried it with cloth that required no stiffening at all...and it worked just as well.  hope this helps  ;)

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finished builds:
Billings Nordkap 476 / Billings Cux 87 / Billings Mary Ann / Billings AmericA - reissue
Billings Regina - bashed into the Susan A / Andrea Gail 1:20 - semi scratch w/ Billing instructions
M&M Fun Ship - semi scratch build / Gundalow - scratch build / Jeanne D'Arc - Heller
Phylly C & Denny-Zen - the Lobsie twins - bashed & semi scratch dual build

Billing T78 Norden


in dry dock:
Billing's Gothenborg 1:100 / Billing's Boulogne Etaples 1:20
Billing's Half Moon 1:40 - some scratch required
Revell U.S.S. United States 1:96 - plastic/ wood modified / Academy Titanic 1:400
Trawler Syborn - semi scratch / Holiday Harbor dual build - semi scratch

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