Hobby Decal

1/48 F-16 Dry Transfer Stencils

Product # st48023v1 for $14.98

Product Article by Steve Bamford on Dec 27 2012



This decal sheet from Hobby Decal includes dry transfer stencils for the 1/48 F-16.  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.  The decals are beautifully printed.


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The dry transfers are very clearly printed and will replicate the actual stencils on the 1/1 F-16 perfectly.  

These dry transfer stencils are very clearly printed and you will be impressed.  To apply the dry transfers you need a rounded tool to rub the clear carrier film to burnish the dry transfer top the painted surface of the model.  Above is the tool sent to me by Hobby Decal....my wife recognized this as a Crochet needle....a type of knitting.

The Hobby Decal website also has instruction on installing dry transfers. 

If you want maximum realism.......then try these dry transfers, you will be impressed....and for a bare metal finish there really is no substitute for dry transfer stencils.  Hobby Decal has a variety of dry transfers for a large variety of aircraft.

Steve Bamford


Photos and text by Steve Bamford