Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Estes Saturn V Build Part 63 Decals

Instead of bouncing around, I'd recommend start from the top and working your way down.

You'll have less chance of the decals shifting while they dry if you are working away from the ones already positioned.

Starting with the top, these are the smaller decals.
Use tweezers to help with the placement.
Overall, the decals are high quality.

TIP: While the instructions say to let the decals soak 15 - 30 seconds in warm water, I'd only let them soak for about 10 seconds. The first two decals I set in the water released off the backing at 15 seconds. It's not fun chasing around a small decal in a bowl of water!
Let each decal soak for 10 seconds. Pick it out with tweezers and set it (still on the backing paper) on a paper towel until you are ready to use it. Soak and place only one decal at a time.

The "United States" lettering is curved for the conical shape of the command module surface.
The two decals for the service module are also curved! The two body tube "United States" decal below shouldn't be set for a curved surface.

To the right is a real Saturn. The "UNITED STATES" isn't curved.
I know, a moot point.

Check the old Centuri Decals on page 27 HERE to see what I mean.

Time spent on build: :15
Total time on build so far: 59:00

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