Frequently Asked Questions
Are the decals individually printed like those in model kits? No they are not. They need to be individually cut out.
Are your decals printed on vinyl? All our products are printed on thin waterslide decal paper. Or as the rest of the planet calls them, water slide “Transfer” paper. They are not paper or vinyl stickers.
Do you ship internationally? Yes. About 50% of our customers are overseas. Currently we ship international orders in multiple standard envelopes.
Can I use a deck decal sized for a GHQ model on a AlNavco – Superior or ShapeWays model? Each manufactures model’s size and dimensions (length, width & angles) are unique. For example, a 1-2400 GHQ Enterprise will have completely different dimensions then that of a 1-2400 Superior Enterprise model. Decals sized to one will not fit correctly on the other even though they are the same ship. There are two exceptions to this rule. The first is the modern CGs, DDGs & FFGs that are printed on clear background water slide paper. Since the background is clear, there is a particularly good chance they will fit universally to other manufactures ships. The second are the Navwar decals. I am told by many customers that the Navwar decks fit well on the Davco 1-3000 scale ships but I can not verify it.
Are you planning on making decals for Davco 1-3000 scale ships? I have reached out to Davco multiple times over the years about designing decks for their models. I have never received a response. Customers report that in General, the Navwar decals work well on the Davco ship castings. Several of the pictures of 1-3000 painted ships on the website are actually Davco ship castings.
What type of printer do you use to print white? I use a small fleet of ALPS MD5000 thermal printers for the aircraft decals. The ALPS printers are incredibly old and out of production. Consumables are becoming increasingly hard to find and very expensive. I will continue to use the ALPS as they provide the absolute best micro detail and ability to undercoat the roundels with almost perfect registration (see "Transfer Paper & Printers" tab for details) than any other printer under the $30K price mark.
Do you do custom commission decal designing? Unfortunately I just do not have the available time for custom commissions under $500.