Re: The Last Ferdinand; Fahrgestell Nr 150100
well, I got the mantlet painted and started decaling.
Here is a pic i took this morning after applying a fresh coat of future this morning over the top of them. sorry its blurry
I bungled the lower right decal, its not placed perfectly as part of the decal goes over the top of one of the bolts... i was faced with possibly destroying the decal trying to re position it or just living with it. I am choosing to live with it.
I have two competing character flaws: biting off more than i can chew and being a closet perfectionist.
These tend to clash pretty hard, I work on something beyond my abilities, screw something up then get disgusted with whatever it is...
This is my own version of "occupational therapy" as rationally i know that the imperfect decal will not be noticed by anyone but ME and die-hard historians/people familiar with the kit.
I have only really applied decals to two other tanks, and they where pretty small (stars, some numbers, etc)... as far as tanks go this has a lot of decals
At the time it was crushing, now looking at it its not so bad. In hindsight i should have taken more time, maybe cut slits into the decals or even trimmed the one large decal into several smaller ones (cutting them at the words maybe?) This would have allowed for more accurate placement, and the areas around the bolts would not have cause the rest of the decal to get out of line. This is one of the reasons I started on the back
Next will be the side of the tank that will not be "up front" (the side without the tool box) then the front last, since those areas will be more scrutinized.
I will say the solvaset did its job very well, and shrink wrapped that decal around the bolt nicely. It also prematurely stopped me form positioning the decal without destroying it...
Live and learn my friends!