Bowser Hopper Decals

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Sat Mar 14 08:32:31 EDT 2020


I can't speak to the lack of correctly sized numbers for the ends; that is
an issue you will need to address with the modeling committee.

As to decal application, I first spray a clear gloss coat and let it dry; I
then apply the decals and use decal solvent to soften and snuggle the
decals to the surface; sometimes, after the solvent has dried there may be
"silvering" or small areas where the decal has not completely adhered to
the surface; I will poke the decal with a pin in various locations and
apply more decal solvent; I do this until I am satisfied with the result; I
then apply another coat of clear gloss coat over the decals; once this had
dried I then apply my clear flat finish.  Hope this helps.

Jim Brewer

On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 8:52 PM NW Modeling List <nw-modeling-list at>

> Hi folks,
> I've recently received 3 more of the Bowser HL hoppers. These 3 are the
> unnumbered ones with the decals. My question is how do you use the decals?
> The hopper already has the bars on the side so I don't think I need to use
> the decal bars.I think I'll just need to pick out appropriate sequences of
> 5 digits. But it also doesn't look like the appropriate size digits are
> included for the ends of the hoppers. Do I just need to order some
> different decals in the correct size and font?
> Also, should I do any prepwork on the hopper itself? Perhaps spray a flat
> clear on it? Do the typical Micro Set followed by an overcoat work well?
> Thanks,
> Tom Fulton
> Asheville, NC
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