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PostPosted: Sun 03 Nov 2013 19:41 pm 
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I recently purchased 2 models of the PZL P-37 Los bomber via mail order from a store in Poland. They also had Techmod decals for the Los bomber so I also bought a set of decals as well. The decals allow you to mark 9 versions of the Los:
  • PZL P.37A - White 1, 212 Bomber Squadron, Polish Air Force, 1939
  • PZL P.37A - White 3, 212 Bomber Squadron, Polish Air Force, 1939
  • PZL P.37B - 10 Bomber Squadron, Polish Air Force, August 1939
  • PZL P.37B - White 3, 12 Bomber Squadron, Polish Air Force, September 1939
  • PZL P.37B - White K, 217 Bomber Squadron, Polish Air Force, September 1939
  • PZL P.37B - White 210, 4 Bomber Group, Romanian Royal Air Force, Eastern Front 1941
  • PZL P.37B - White 220, 4 Bomber Group, Romanian Royal Air Force, Eastern Front 1941
  • PZL P.37A - White 210, 4 Bomber Group, Romanian Royal Air Force, Eastern Front 1941
  • PZL P.37 A Bis - Luftwaffe Show "DER SIEG IM WESTERN", Wien 1940

There is a 4 page foldout with marking for all 9 aircraft and a 10th view to show where the generic markings go.
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The decals sheet provided in the set
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The decals are nicely placed on the sheet so you can cut out just the ones you need. I have worked with decal sheets with the decals spread around and its a real pain.
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My standard decal setup. I use either Micro Set or Sol (I plan to try both here) and I soak my decals in warm water kept heated by a coffee warmer. I quickly found that the Techmod decals only needed to soak for less than 10 seconds before they slipped loose of the backing.
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Overall the decals went on well. They were quick to come off the backing and you could slide them around the model in a pool of water to get them into the correct location. My sample model has a coat of Future on it to help the decals lay flat. I did test a Micro set on one decal (underside insignia). It actually caused the decal layers to seperate and one of the white panels actually lifted off the decal backing. I was able to get it back on, but did not use Micro set any further.

Here is a couple of sample photos showing how the decals laid down over the raised panel lines of my model.
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I noticed my 2 fuselage numbers were starting to silver on the inside of the 3's. I used an X-Acto blade to prick the decal and applied a heavy coat of Micro Sol. During this process a part of my "3" lifted off the decal backing but luckily stuck to my paint brush I used to apply my Micro Sol. I was able to get it back on the plane...
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...and get a fairly good repair of the "3".
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Markings complete - Upper
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Markings complete - Underside.
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Overall I thought the decals were thin, settled down on the detail well and can be applied without decal softener. They responded to Micro Sol but decayed under Micro Set. I would highly recommend the decals if you want to build versions of the aircraft you don't normally see.

Note: I am glad the decals worked well as I bought TechMod decals for PZL P-23's, P-11's and P-7's as well!

Thanks for listening to me ramble,

Paul

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PostPosted: Sun 27 Jul 2014 17:51 pm 
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Good review Paul. :D

These are very good decals.
I've used their Bf-110C decals for my Airfix C-2 of my Wolfgang Falck build. The decals are very thin and settles down very easily not needing any solvent or setting either. Just a coat or too of gloss varnish to seal which also prevented silvering.
As I recal I found them a little difficult to move around as they are so thin that they easily curl.

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