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 40% of all my customers are overseas. Currently I ship international orders in multiple standard envelopes to avoid package customs Covid delays.
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.
Do you know where I can purchase Navwar 1-3000 ship models in the USA? Unfortunately, there are no US based distributor for Navwar. I seriously considered becoming a distributor, but it did not make any sense as it would only increase the final price to the consumer due to international shipping costs. Many people are put off by Navwars' website and inability to purchase online. What I can tell you is that Tony is awesome to work with even though he does not use email. I have purchased several thousand ships from him via snail mail over the years. I often receive the ships faster than orders I place digitally with USA based manufactures.
Are you planning on deck decals for 1-1200 and or 1-600 scale ships? Probably not. Single piece decals in those scales are just too large and would fail during application to the models.
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 increasing scares 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 $20K price mark.
Do you do custom commission decal designing? Unfortunately I just do not have the available time for custom commissions under $500.
Will your aircraft roundels work on 1-1200 scale aircraft? The smallest roundels on the the 1-600 scale sheets are 1mm in size. I am told by customers that they work on wings and some fuselages.
Where do you get your flight stands from? The vast majority of the stands are from Litko.