First tests with the new decals

Hello everyone,

As you may probably know, due some issues that I prefer to forget, I had to take the decision to make my own decal prints for the GSE models as well as for the aircraft liveries.

I have started to do some tests with the printer and so far I am happy with the results.

At first glance, can you tell which one is printed from my printer and which one from the expensive printer at the companys? (apologies for the quality of the photos).


On the left, the one I printed, on the right, the company’s.

Naturally, there is more than a first glance; a higher price printer which already includes a white color from manufacture will always be superior to these more affordable printers.
These highly priced printers can print white + colors in a single pass, which means that the white underlaying color would be perfectly placed below the colors, there are many other pros on the expensier printers obviously, but if we compare the overall look/quality, you can still print very good decals at a cheaper price. I am not criticizing the expensier printers, but I have been proven that even expensier printers can have issues in some areas.


Image above is zoomed about five times the decal size.

There is one thing that I am still working on, which is the sharpness of the colors (specially black) when there are lines close to each other, this is something I noticed in the settings and I am still configuring these parameters. I am still familiarizing myself with the different setups and there are several options that need to be checked.

One of the things that really surprised me is the opaqueness of the white as you can see on the first photo. These numbers are actually a decal placed on a black paper, and at first instance, I am also happy with the decal thickness.

Speaking of the white color; it is very possible that I may separate the white underlaying decal from the color decal in some circumstances thus placing first the white decal (as a primer) and then the color decal. This would not be an issue if a decal logo is bigger since you can reduce the size of the underlaying white, but the majority of the details are quite small, some lines are 0,08mm thus even reducing the artwork, it would not perfectly fit under the colors in a second print pass.

I personally don’t think that would be a bother, since this would happen only with decals that currently have a visible white and that are mixed with colors, there are very few decals currently going on dark colors, most of the airliners have white colored fuselages.

The main issues I had were with paper jamming after or during the print process, but that is something related to the print setup and specifying a proper paper type in the settings solves the issues.

Metallic colors won’t be present on my decals (at least by now). That is something I had to think about and I took the decision to not to include them, that will also be reflected on the final price and I would like to give a comment on metallics.
To be 100% honest, I think that metallic prints looks cool, however, about the windows frame and from the realism-scale point of view, these may not be very accurate since the chrome-like shine may be unrealistic for the scale, when you see an aircraft in real person, the window frames do not reflect like a mirror, it is a more dull color which actually happens anyway if you clearcoat the model, modifying how the light reflects on the metallic particles of the decal.
The reason why I used metallic in the previous decals was because I had the chance to, and because it is what most manufacturers use, but the same way as the reds for the several stencils have too much contrast for my liking, just because a manufacturer does include metallic color doesn’t mean that is the way to go.

That is speaking of window frames and from the colors I previously used for that particular printer, however, it will be missed on the leading edges of the A350 decals. Although it won’t be the same, I am not disregarding that particular decal, as I am working on a photorealistic leading edge. In the end these are options that are included on the decal set since in most cases the leading edges had to be painted.

Please, understand that above images are tests that I did just in one morning time. I am going to try some other settings and try to improve the edge sharpness. Overall I can say I am positive with the results and the decals are going in the right direction. Would like to take the chance to mention that besides the Air China A350 with the Expo 2019 colors, I have also completed a Skyteam Vietnam decal set as well as working on a new A320Neo livery.

All these changes actually took time from the stock making of the GSE models and time form the 747F detail set (as well as other items on the list), but I hope to update the 747 cargo progress very soon.

There will be some time required to modify the artworks to be printed in the new printer, although the printing company thought was my sensei not much of what he instructed can be rescued/used for the decals, in the past I was much more limited using dull Pantone colors, but now I can adjust better these colors to try to match those of the real aircraft, so I will be changing colors in future liveries as I won’t be printing Pantone anymore.

Best wishes,
Guillem

 

747-8F / 747-400F – First work with the nose

Starting to work on the nose for the 747-8F/747-400F cargo detail set. The grey colour is due putty being diluted to create a somewhat texture to the interior. Note that the 16 latches that keep the nose tight on the real aircraft have also been added here.

Floor is still not added as well as some other vertical bars that go across the end of the nose.

I plan to make the flaps of the nose with photo etched.

Painting and decaling guide

Hello,

I have recently finished the guide I was working on alongside the China Airlines A350 build. I truly hope it can be of help, I know most of us modelers know these basic steps, but I tried to give some tips on mistakes and problems I found during the time, so I hope you won’t come accross with them and avoid issues on your model.

Lastly, I would like to comment that  I am working on two new A350 liveries and will upload the profile images in the next week.

Click on below image to download the PDF guide:

Items to be restocked soon

Hello everyone,

It has been about a week since the online store was opened and I am glad to say that all orders received have been successfully shipped from both Rocast Models and Rocast-Digidecals without problems.

I want to thank you all for the trust, for the patience and support for my work and my items. Starting this new online store represented the preparation of all the items that I created so far, as I wanted to open the store with all the items in the catalogue, this took me a very long time but I kept on pursuing my wish.
Currently, some items sold out during the last days, but I am already working on new stock units and also hoping to continue with future projects.

From this point, items will be added to the store regularly and will do my best to keep them in stock. The first units I am planing to restock are the Neo engines, AST-1, catering truck, and so forth.
I would like to remind that Rob is moving his workplace thus the printing of the decals will be on hold for some time until he is established and printing can resume, this time with the rest of the decals available. In the meantime, I would like to do a few more liveries for the A350.

I am finishing the painting/decaling guide that I started together with the A350 China Airlines pheasant livery, so I hope that this guide can be helpful to somebody.

Thank you all for your time and interest!

Best wishes,
Guillem

Store open

Hello everybody,

Finally the new online store is online and operative. Stock units may be a little limited as I had to start from zero making as many units as I could with the material I had. Material keeps coming so I am looking forward to have a better control of the stock with the time.

Two things I like to mention are; on Monday it is local holiday here, therefore postal offices will remain closed, however, orders will be prepared during this time without problems. The stock for the livery decals will be a little limited at the beginning because Rob is currently changing his workplace, so printing will be resumed upon settled in the new location. The aim is to restock the livery decals on August.

If anybody finds an issue with the store, please feel free to write me a message.

This is the link to the new store:

https://www.rocastmodels.com/store/

I would like to thank all for the patience, it hasn’t been easy but I did my best and hopefully the store will have new items soon. I also hope the store is of your liking and that you can navigate through it sucessfully.

Best wishes,
Guillem

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