F-84 – the decal adventure

After a near perfect build decaling the jet has been a hold your breath adventure. The engineering and fit of the ProModeler kit has been some of the best I’ve seen, too bad the decals have behaved poorly.

Almost all of the decals have cracked and gone on the kit in multiple pieces. They just won’t unstick from the backing, requiring some coercion to get the to move, which causes breakage. I have had a bit more success as I got used to them and had to soak the heck out of them to get them to come loose.

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I’ll more than likely have to do touch up (the joy of color matching) with paint but overall the kit is looking pretty good.

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The reason I picked this kit over the Tamiya one is the particular decal scheme, “Night Takeoff”. I just finished a P-61 a few kits back with the same name. Next time I’ll get aftermarket decals. There were lots of nice ones for a F-84.

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