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  • Member since
    January, 2004
Revell Decals
Posted by slotcaracer on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 1:30 PM

I am hoping to get some decent feedback and experience on my questions/observations.

I have a bunch of Revell kits unbuilt but have experienced the following when build kits previously.....

Kits from the late eighties to early nineties seem to have very thick decals that never lay down. I have used all kinds of decal solvent, hair dryer, pressing out bubbles, slits in decals to help fit and the more I worked with them the worse they got. This include funny cars, top fuel, pro stock, trans am and nascar kits of this era and the decal situation is consistent. Had several really nice builds with nice paint that I had to strip the paint and redo with slixx decals. I have since stocked most of those kits with slixx decals and won't even attempt the paint job/scheme that comes as the Revell kit as I know the decals are an unworkable mess.

Revell Kits from the late nineties I have seen the opposite problem. Decals WAY too thin. Cars observed, the spy vs spy funny car....when I did the tire lettering and seat belt decals they broke into many tiny pieces as soon as they left the decal paper, it took a very long time to get those decals to release from the paper. Fortunately I thought ahead and tested a couple other of the sheets decals with the same effect. I was able to paint the body up for a different set of slixx decals and that went fine. Now building the Summit 99 prostock firebird, same thing occurred. Car is painted up and real nice paint job so I don't want to strip the paint.

I am ready to order some slixx decals for the firebird pro stock and see the ussual buy 3 get one free offer on the Slixx website. I looked over the kits I have and am considering getting decals for those kits suspecting the late nineties ones have the too thin/breaking into a million pieces problem and the late eighties/early nineties ones have the terribly thick film.....wanted to get some opinions and experience from others here. Kits early 2000's onward seem to have decent decals in my experience

Kits I have and am concerned about and might order slixx for......

Hot wheels Camaro Transam also the Rainex car

Jolly Rancher and McDonalds Top Fuel also Eddie Hill Pennsoil

Larry Morgan Superclean and Goodwrench Johnson olds Pro Stockers

Chuck Etchels Kendell funny car, Fruit of the Loom Funny car, Willie Borch 72 charger and Hawiaan 72 charger

 

Anyone have expeience with the decals in these kits......

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 1:54 PM

I don't have any experience with the kits you mention, but...

slotcaracer

Revell Kits from the late nineties I have seen the opposite problem. Decals WAY too thin. Cars observed, the spy vs spy funny car....when I did the tire lettering and seat belt decals they broke into many tiny pieces as soon as they left the decal paper, it took a very long time to get those decals to release from the paper.

I recently built a 90s issue of the Monogram Hurst Hairy Olds (Revell and Monogram being the same company at this time) and had the exact same experience as quoted above. The decals were very difficult to release from the paper, and when they did they broke into many pieces. I tried everything, including applying a Microscale decal coating, but nothing worked. I remember when I opened the kit there were two sheets of decals and I thought, "What a bonus". Wrong. Out of the two sheets I could not get a full set of decals on the car.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

  • Member since
    January, 2004
Posted by slotcaracer on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:22 PM

Thanks for mentioning it, I have the HH Olds kit from the late nineties too. I used to have the early nineties release and it had the uber thick decals. I fell off a shelf and was ruined to the point I just got the new kit from the late nineties to replace it.....now I will beware and prescan and reprint those decals.H

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