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||FX72-001 - Chips &
FX48-001 - Chips & Scratches
FX32-001 - Chips & Scratches
||One small decal sheet
62mm x 70mm plus instructions for suggested uses
||AUD$5.50 each (approx.
||Simple concept; less
risky than painting chips or using the "silver undercoat" method; good
results; rivet lines a nice bonus in 1/48 and 1/72 scale sheets.
||Decal film covers the
||Recommended for anyone
who does not feel totally confident in adding chipped-paint damage to
their model aircraft
HyperScale is proudly supported by
Gekko Graphics' latest surprise releases are three decal
sheets of chips and scratches for 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scale aircraft.
Gekko Graphics is the brainchild of Richard Chafer.
Long-time HyperScale visitors might remember some of Richard's impressive
Articles back in 1998. His models featured heavy weathering, including
convincingly chipped paint. Richard has put his painting skills at the
disposal of other modellers with these new decal releases.
sheet contains a variety of shapes and sizes of random silver shapes
representing paint damage on a metal aircraft surface. Small squiggles are
also supplied as scratches. The 1/72 and 1/48 scale releases also include
lines of silver rivet heads which match the pitch of a Mustang or a
Corsair, but which will look good on any weathered aircraft.
So why would you want to use decals for this weathering
There are several methods of adding chip and scratch
weathering to a model. Most are unforgiving in the event of a mistake or
an error of judgement. By contrast, the shape and size of each decal paint
chip is totally predictable, and if you don't like the look of your decal
chips, you can move them around the surface of your model or even remove
them if you don't like them.
There is only one colour - silver - so registration is not
an issue. Printing is robust. I scratched away at a few spots without
causing damage. Even so, the decal instructions suggest that you can
scratch some of the decal ink off to change the shape of individual chips
The only real work required is cutting out each decal as
the entire sheet is covered with glossy film.
This is an innovative and inexpensive approach to a common
Thanks to Gekko Graphics for the review samples
Gekko Graphics decals are
available online from their
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Page Created 04 December, 2002
Last updated 14 August, 2003
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