How to Apply Model Markings

  • Download the file to your hard-disk (right-click on the thumbnail and select "Save As").

  • Print the file on regular 8 1/2 x 11 paper on a color printer. It does not matter whether you have an inkjet or laser printer. Make sure that you choose to print the file at the original DPI; in other words, the image should not be enlarged or scaled at all. We have found IrfanView to be a useful program to print out images (and for doing a host of other image-related tasks).

  • Check that the file printed out the correct size. There is a scale on the image for you to measure to test this. If the image did not print the right size, then make whatever adjustments are required.

  • Spray the printed page with a clear gloss-coat or matt-coat (such as Krylon or Testors), and wait for the paint to dry. This coat will prevent the ink running in the event that plane gets wet (such as from heavily dewed grass or snow).

  • Carefully cut out the markings from the page. You need a sharp pair of scissors, and should take great care to ensure that you cut exactly on the edge of the markings.

  • Test fit the markings to your model, and make sure that they fit. Plan how you are going to apply the markings carefully, taking into account the position of hinges, pull-pull lines etc. Cockpit markings should be carefully trimmed to make sure that they fit your model as precisely as possible.

  • Apply a foam-safe contact cement to the back of the markings. We use 3M's Super-77 spray adhesive. Note - this is not recommended for assembling your model! We have found that it works well for applying markings.

  • Carefully place the marking on the model. You need to get it right first time, as any movement of the markings will make messy and unsightly glue-marks on your plane.

  • Cockpit canopy markings require that the foam on the edge of the fuselage (between the left and right canopies) is painted to match the canopy marking.

  • Stand back and admire your aircraft