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So I'm in the local Hobby Lobby, and I come across this new item. (Well, I've not seen it in the Hobby Lobby before, anyway.) It was a kit made by Testors to make water-transfer decals using an inkjet printer. And it was only $10.00 for the software, the decal paper, and the fixative. Which was atttractive to me because my wife is looking for a cheap gift to get me for Christmas, being that she's currently unemployed. I looked up the product on the net, thinking I was going to print out the details of the product so she could locate it more easily.

Instead I run across a bunch of forum postings on other modelmaking groups saying in essence: 'Don't buy it, it's a rip off.' Apparently the chief complaint of thse users who have purchased it, is that the decal-making software provided with the kit does not allow the user to import images or decal designs. And the image library provided with the software is VERY thin. But Testor's has a solution; they have a downloadable upgrade to the software! For an additional cost, of course. IMHO, that's a little too close to 'bait and switch' for me.

And for a lot of other people as well, apparently. So if anyone out there was thinking like me of asking your spouse for this item, I would just go for the socks instead. The first thing to keep in mind here is there is no 'magic' software that will produce decals. If one were to look at this kit for what it contains it probably is an OK deal. Although I have never seen one of these kits I think I know what it contains.a couple of sheets of decal paper for inkjet printers, a bottle of clear sealer and a software package.

Decal paper is available from several sources. A qick internet search will turn up several sites that sell inkjet compatible paper. The next item is easier. Several sites I researched years ago indicate that Krlon Cristalkote (sp) is the best clear to use. The last item is the software.

I have seen decals made on Microsoft paint program that look very good. There are several free imaging programs out there that will do an acceptable job. Psa Diagbox Keygen Idm. The last item that is needed to make these decals is not included with this kit.

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It is the talent to draw and manipulate the image you need to make the decal. Simple things like reporting marks and weight data is easy to make using a word processing program. Logos are a bit more dificult and this is where the talent comes in. As a decal producer I full well know what goes into producing a quality decal. I use Adobe Illustrator to do all of my artwork. This program is not needed for the casual modeler making one or two decals/year.

I use it because I need the ability to scale up or down without losing resolution. I didn't buy the kit, but I bought the paper and fixative, which is sold as 'refills.' I printed a photo on the decal paper from the photo program (I have an HP Photosmart printer), and it came out sharp and clear. I let the ink dry overnight and sealed it with the fixative, again allowing an overnight drying time. It went on like any other thin film decal. Most computers come with a photo program, a word processor (road names and reporting marks), and some even have Photoshop or drawing programs.

Note that most word processors will allow you to import/insert graphics and pictures. I'm not sure what you'd need another program to do for you. I think some,including the military modelers, may be missing something with this kit. It is a kit for making decals, period. It comes with a mini CD that has some minor designs, such as flames for cars, etc. It wasn't intended to be a supply of all possible decals ever wanted/needed. As has been said and shown, there are many free graphic programs out there, and certainly any military insignia, logo, or whatever can probably be found on the 'Net.

Just copy it an put it into your graphic program, size as needed, and make the decals. What do they expect for ten bucks anyway???? Well, I am one of the moths that was drawn to the light. At the end of the day and the enormity of the failure of this item coupled with the wasted ink and dullcote trying to make it work along with the prospect of spending MORE money to get a bigger library caused me to throw the whole mess into the trash can. When I'm ready to order custom decals, I would contact someome who makes em as a service for a fee.

Im happy to try anything once. Regarding cars, always buy the largest legal rubber you can get onto that car safely. I once was presented with a set of coopers that were like 2 inches across at the road and failed to hold a 2 ton car in a light drizzle. I carry a minimum of 215's now for the rubber on passenger cars and no less than 235's for front and 270's for rear of pickup trucks. And with big rigs, I have never ever had either a bridgestone or michelin fail on the big road.

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