This new decal sheet from
includes dry transfer stencils for the 1/48 P-47.
Full sized 1/1 aircraft have
their stencils painted on using paint stencils. Regular decals are
ink printed on a clear carrier film....which is fine, but they are not as
accurate in look and application as dry transfers. Dry transfers are
reverse printed on a temporary clear film. When you apply the
stencils you lay the back of the stencils on the painted surface of the
model and then burnish (rub) them down through the clear temporary carrier
film. The dry transfer sticks to the model and dis-engages from the
clear carrier film. The beauty of dry transfers is on models with
bare metal finishes. On bare metal finishes you do not have any
clear carrier film as you would have with regular decals.