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.
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.