Problems with Studio27 decals

Joined: August 29th, 2015, 4:23 pm

June 13th, 2018, 3:28 am #1

I've been using Studio27 decals for about a year and I just can't seem to achieve any success with them.  I'm mainly talking about their carbon fibre decals for F1 cars and other racers.  If anyone has any tips, I'd be very grateful given that I've become very frustrated with this brand and I've invested a large amount of money in several of their sets.  Here are the problems I'm having:

- resistant to setting solutions - don't settle down well (I've tried all the setting solutions I can get at my LHS - they do soften the decals but they never wrinkle up and settle down like a typical decal) 
- thick - they obscure detail
- brittle - they  break and crack very easily 
- don't conform - they don't settle into details or around contours - I have to crease them with my finger to get them to wrap around corners-this often results in cracks 

- I've taken to cutting decals up and trying to reduce the surface tension so they can lay down - this results in a patchwork appearance with many gaps

Like I said, I'm quite frustrated. I expect more from such expensive decals - they are extremely pricey.  Any tips at all would be appreciated.  I'm sure someone out there is getting good results...

Richard
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Joined: December 26th, 2007, 10:27 pm

June 13th, 2018, 11:17 am #2

I don't have any tips, but I can report almost exactly the same experience. I have concluded that they are just inferior decals. I plan to use the ones I have to make templates for other manufacturers CF decals.  Very disappointing.
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Joined: February 26th, 2005, 11:53 pm

June 13th, 2018, 3:15 pm #3

My only suggestion is to try using a hair dryer to soften them up.  But yeah, they sucked 20 years ago.  There used to be several alternatives but have not kept up with current products.
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Joined: December 26th, 2007, 10:27 pm

June 14th, 2018, 1:52 am #4

I tried a hair dryer and cloths dipped in hot water along with Solvaset, Micro Sol, Mr Mark Softer, and Tamiya Mark Fit with no joy. I was preparing to break out the Champ when I completely lost interest in the project. Are all Studio 27 decals sub par or is the poor performance limited to the CF decals. 
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Joined: August 29th, 2015, 4:23 pm

June 14th, 2018, 2:57 am #5

rlhart13 wrote: I tried a hair dryer and cloths dipped in hot water along with Solvaset, Micro Sol, Mr Mark Softer, and Tamiya Mark Fit with no joy. I was preparing to break out the Champ when I completely lost interest in the project. Are all Studio 27 decals sub par or is the poor performance limited to the CF decals. 
Well, I've only used six sets so my experience is limited - they were all CF sets - all the same though: brittle as heck.  Unfortunately, I have 13 more to deal with.  I may try using them as templates for another brand of CF decal but that's even more money - may be worth it to avoid an anurism.

I hate to bash a model company because I'm grateful that there are people out there who produce so many great products for a hobby that is always in jeopardy (ie. kids don't build models like when I was young) but in this case I'm particularly disappointed because Studio27 are just so expensive.

I will say though that they are beautifully printed and in perfect register.  They also have a minimum of carrier film around the edges.  I think the research they do is pretty good too - I've tried to find reference photos of F1 cars and good detail shots are very hard to find.

Anyway, Dear Studio 27 - please consider a partnership with Shunko or Cartograph - please!
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