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So my 3rd try at a patch worked out great. First I like to thank Greg for sending me the Blair Line decals. What a great guy and what great decals. Already laser cut out with non fading colors. They are the best. This time I used the Microscale strips for the patches. I cut them to size so they fit between the car's support ribs and positioned them in place. Then I added the Miroscale letters & numbers. So lets go over the whole process again.

1. Air brush the model with 70% enamel thinner / 30% enamel white paint.
2. After it dries some what add your weathering detailing with chalks. You don't need the air brush for this.
3 After cutting your patches to size add them and the lettering.
4. Spray the whole model with Dullcoat.

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So my 3rd try at a patch worked out great. First I like to thank Greg for sending me the Blair Line decals. What a great guy and what great decals. Already laser cut out with non fading colors. They are the best. This time I used the Microscale strips for the patches. I cut them to size so they fit between the car's support ribs and positioned them in place. Then I added the Miroscale letters & numbers. So lets go over the whole process again.

1. Air brush the model with 70% enamel thinner / 30% enamel white paint.
2. After it dries some what add your weathering detailing with chalks. You don't need the air brush for this.
3 After cutting your patches to size add them and the lettering.
4. Spray the whole model with Dullcoat.

George

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The Blair Line decals seem much easier to use then the Microscale ones. Their laser cut. You only have to cut a couple of small tabs to release the decal. Their printed on white decal paper making them opaque. Their also better at releasing from the backing paper. I'm glad Greg sent me some to try out. I wish they made the colored strips. Someone here told me decals printing on white paper are superior the ones on clear paper. Their right. The problem is cutting the decal close enough from the baking paper not to show the white part of the paper. Blair Line has eliminated this with their laser cut. I hope this helps everyone create some cars they always wanted to get done. It's not that hard to do.

Now I'm thinking about printing the patches and lettering on Testors white decal paper. This way I could size the patch with the lettering for an exact fit between the car's support ribs before hand. You could make the patch any color that fits the scheme. Once I figure this out it will eliminate one more step of buying and adding the lettering to the patch. I'll have to see how this works out?


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Nice application. I like your weathering too.

I feel bad pointing this out after all your work but the flat bottomed graffiti decals are supposed to be flush with the bottom of the car.

Taggers don't tape a straight line under their work, rather they are typically painting from the ground and they spray right down to the edge.

Don't feel too badly though, it's a common mistake. If you want, you can fix it by heavily weathering the bottom edge of the car so it looks like the bottom of the tag is dirtied over. Alternatively you can take a knife and scrape some of the tag away so the bottom of the letters look rounded off as though the painter was tagging from a platform or some other elevated position.

I'll try and find the pics of some cars with the same mistake that I fixed up. Best of luck whatever you decide.
 

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Found the image.
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Not the best pic but you can see where I shaped the bottom of the decals to get rid of the straight edge.
These were a bunch of one buck cars that I bought with the decals and some weird weathering already applied. Was a fun project to try and rehab them. The pic above is after decal cleanup and removing most of the previous attempt at weathering but before I added my own weathering.

If I can find pics of the final results I'll post them too.
 

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I kind of figured that E but I've been only doing this for a couple of weeks. Maybe next rime?
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I'm NOT a fan of graffiti on trains, either the big ones or the little ones.
I had to look at that stuff from the cab of an engine for years.
Suffice to say, NO graffiti on my trains downstairs...!
 
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