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Metabarons painted units


  • 2018 2017 2016

    I hope, this works….

    http://s1242.beta.photobucket.com/user/Metabaron/profile/

    click on “view library” at the bottom (or “show library” on the left side), the liberary it is devided into different albums for the belligerent parties.

    More than 100 photos.


  • 2018 2017 2016

    DIY flight deck decals…



  • '12

    Great work man. What kind of paints are you using and where did you get your decals?


  • 2018 2017 2016

    What kind of paints are you using and where did you get your decals?

    I used acrylic paints (Gunze) and enamel paints (Revell).
    Decals I made DIY. I ordered some transparent and white decal film from www.bare-metal.com, designed (paint, word) and printed (inkjet) roundels and some other highly detailed stuff important for the units (e.g. some flightdecks).

    Problems with decals: the transparent decal film is very translucent, so you need to apply a white background on the unit to let them shine brightly. I painted white dots with a felt tip paint marker (edding 751) as for roundel backgrounds. You may use the white decal film also, but then you have to cut off the decals exactly, what is difficult in the case of the german balkenkreuze, for example.


  • 2018 2017 2016

    some other units…







  • Customizer

    Me likey lots.


  • Customizer

    WOw! THose are awesome - quite a steady hand you have there!  Printing you’re own decals?  Awesome - I dabbled with that once… yours turned out quite a bit sharper than mine did.


  • 2018 2017 2016

    decals - I dabbled with that once

    There is no witchcraft, main issue is to fix the decals appropriately - to much fixing and the decals melt away on the foil, not enough fixing and they melt away in the water. I needed some tries to obtain satisfying results.


  • Customizer

    @dedo:

    decals - I dabbled with that once

    There is no witchcraft, main issue is to fix the decals appropriately - to much fixing and the decals melt away on the foil, not enough fixing and they melt away in the water. I needed some tries to obtain satisfying results.

    Yeah… I don’t believe in witchcraft.  In regard to dabbling with decals - I meant the home-printed ones, I’ve worked with others for about 20 years or so…

    Love your paint schemes - and it looks like you got a little artsy with some U.S. artillery in your pics, nice.


  • Sponsor 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer

    How did you do the flight deck decals?  Did you paint any of the flight deck, or is it all decal?


  • 2018 2017 2016

    @Johnson73:

    How did you do the flight deck decals?  Did you paint any of the flight deck, or is it all decal?

    Concerning the japanese carriers the whole flightdeck is a decal. Internet research made it possible: I found some japanese flightdeck drawings in *.jpg format. I modified them pixel by pixel with ms-paint and scaled them to the sizes of the japanese oob-carrier. Then I painted the flightdeck of the unit in white (for a better luminance of the decal). After drying of the colour I applied the decals on the flightdeck, soften the decals and varnished them with a clear acrylic paint.


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  • 2018 2017 2016 2015 Customizer

    Very cool. Esp. Japanese carriers and German aircraft.


  • Customizer

    Metabaron,

    ––Excellent work on the paint jobs!
    ----I especially like your method of decals for attaining your ultra-detailed carrier decks,…Wow! 😮

    “Tall Paul”


  • Customizer

    Metabaron,

    You consider selling your landing deck decals?  I bet they’d be popular…


  • '12

    Ill be interested on buying them too M.


  • Sponsor 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer

    would you mind emailing me that file?  Did you print them onto Labels so they would stick?


  • Customizer

    Johnson73,
    @Johnson73:

    Did you print them onto Labels so they would stick?

    I believe he stated at the start of this thread that he made DECALS from the files, not stick-on labels.

    “Tall Paul”


  • Customizer

    Just the file could work though… I’ve used thin paper glued down in some instances and it looks good.  Uhh… yeah, I’d like to get a hold of that file as well…  8-)


  • 2018 2017 2016

    Did you print them onto Labels so they would stick?

    No, I printed them on a clear decal film, they are decals. It is possible to print them on a sticker film, too, I’ve tried this once, but to apply the sticker on a flight deck is tricky and sometimes it is affilliated with some frustration (e.g. air bubbles, only one try). I recommend a decal.

    You consider selling your landing deck decals?  I bet they’d be popular…

    I never thought about selling, I don’t want to earn any money with the decals. If there were only a few people in the community interested in the decals I would ship the decals to them just for shipping and material costs (all in all ~ € 1,50, decals will be send in a letter from Germany to the US).

    Just the file could work though… I’ve used thin paper glued down in some instances and it looks good.  Uhh… yeah, I’d like to get a hold of that file as well…

    would you mind emailing me that file?

    No problem with the file, I could mail you by PM. If you want to make DIY decals, here is the advice:
    1. you need some decal film, order for example at www.bare-metal.com (american company, as far as I know). There are films for inkjet and laserjet printers. You need “clear” decal films (there are also “white” films, but you don’t need those)
    2. order a fine spray for coating the decals, I took “TopCoat gloss” from Mr.Hobby. Coating will protect the image from smudging and it will strengthen the film.
    3. additionally, you need a decalcote/softener, (e.g. “Mr.MarkSofter” from Mr.Hobby), some white colour, and a clear acryl varnish.
    4. print out a sample of the grafic on plain white paper
    5. adjust the grafic in size if required
    6. proceed with printing on the decal film
    7. cut of the printed decals form the the sheet accurately
    8. apply the topcoat (tricky, not too much spray, otherwise there will be an ink bleeding and you can start over again with a new decal….). It’s is better to give another thin coat after the first one dried (20 min).
    9. paint the flight deck in white colour, let the colour dry (20 min)
    10. moisten the decal in water, moisten the flight deck with water
    11. apply the decal to the flight deck, use a tooth stick or something like this for adjusting the decal to the flightdeck. Make sure, that there is sufficient moisture on the flightdeck when adjusting the decal.
    12. When the decal is fixed on the flight deck take off excess liquid with a cotton swab carefully.
    13. apply the decalcote/softener, let the softener dry (10 min)
    14. apply with a brush a clear acryl varnish, let the acryl varnish dry (10 min).
    15. Ready!

    Right now I’m thinking about developing a complete set of flight decks for all relevant carriers in the game.


  • 2018 2017 2016

    One issue I didn’t mention yet:

    By designing the flight deck decals, it is important to decide which basic carrier modell you take; for example: my basic carrier modell (bcm) is the Akagi (AA1941), not the Shinano (all other newer AA sets). I adjusted the decals I made to the bcm of the Akagi. If you want decals for the bcm of the Shinano I have to convert the decals a little bit.


  • Customizer

    Dedo,

    ––I might suggest that you make an on-going list of the decals that you’ve already ‘customized’ and to what A&A CV units they’re customized to.
    ----I believe it would also be very useful to many if you’d consider modifying the file(s) for other A&A CV units.
    ----I know that I would definately be interested in buying some of your CV deck decals. If you’d consider selling some of them to me just send me a personal message via A&A.Org or simply reply here on your thread. I imagine several people would also like to buy some, too. Thanks for the time that you’ve already invested in this project.

    “Tall Paul”


  • 2018 2017 2016

    Ok, I started to conduct some research for carrier flight decks. First of all I need some drawings and plans of flight decks, then I 'm going to modify the flight decks. I will open a new thread to let you know about the status of the project.


  • Customizer

    Wow - thanks for the excellent advice Metabaron!  My experiences with making my own decals were junk - so perhaps I could paypal you post and handling for some print-outs?  Sounds like you’re working on others - is it ok if I wait to see if you create other decks? I’ll look around for flight deck images and send them your way - cool?


  • '13

    Wow, all your pieces look great. Lots of ideas while I continue to paint all my Global pieces.


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