[WWI] Need help visualizing a decal

Stephen Auslender auslend at snet.net
Fri Apr 27 10:06:45 EDT 2007

Here is how I would do it:
1) Put a piece of wide masking tape over the decal area right on the model.
2) With a sharp but soft lead pencil draw the design on the masking tape. 
Soft lead so you do not have to indent the tape and make mistakes hard to 
3) remove the tape and lay it flat on a piece of paper,
4) Now you have your choice of methods to finish the work.
You might try scanning it into the computer, perhaps as a jpg file.
Then put the scanned image into whatever graphic program you are using and 
draw over it. Most graphic programs can make nice curves and the like (I use 
AutoCAD myself  but that is because I am a draftsman and have it).
5) Then print it onto decal paper.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "sperry" <sperry11 at tampabay.rr.com>
To: "World War I Modeling Mailing List" <wwi at wwi-models.org>
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2007 9:21 AM
Subject: [WWI] Need help visualizing a decal

I've been gnawing at a problem on and mostly off for several years now. I've 
wanted to do a Pfalz D.XII in the markings of a Jasta 23b machine, 1460/18. 
A Bob Pearson profile appears in the FMP Pfalz book at the bottom of p.179

The machine has a wavy yellow stripe with thin black edges running down each 
fuselage side and crossing over the top of the turtledeck about midway 
between the rear of the cockpit and the LE of the fin.

My problem is how to make a decal of this marking. I'm not good at 
visualizing curved, 3D objects projected on a flat 2D surface such as a 
piece of decal paper.

Normally, on an R/C sized model, I'd try eyeballing it, but the D.XII kit I 
have is in 1/72, (Oh, the shame ;-) and even the smallest whip-a-diddle is 
going to show up big time.

Anyone have any ideas how I might produce an acceptable decal?

BTW, I want to do this in 1/72 because I have a PE set that does the 
radiator with the maximum possible number of very tiny brass parts, an 
irresistable challenge to an old brass junkie like me.

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