Arctic Decals is a small ”one-man-band” waterslide decal producer, with the focus mainly on obscure civil aircraft subjects, mainly from the Northern hemisphere, however exotic subjects from other areas are also produced.
Because of very small print runs, decals are printed with a laser printer, UV-ink printer or an ALPS printer. The process depends on the colours and quantity of the sets required. Silk screen printing is used for larger print runs. Arctic Decals also produces occasionally bespoke 'custom' decals for those who need unique decals. It is also possible to order decals printed in other scales.
Many of the decal sets also include pre-cut self-adhesive vinyl or Kabuki (that yellow ”Tamiya”-tape type) painting masks.
Use the lists/categories to select the items you would like to order, add them in your shopping cart and proceed with the instructions. These prices do not include shipping costs.
The postage rates are (€):
Note: Delivery times can vary a lot depending on stock levels. When using Economy postage (formerly known as Surface Mail) the delivery time may be quite long. It has normally taken 4-8 weeks for an Economy letter to arrive USA or Canada, so prepare to be patient, please.
To get an idea about the prices in other currencies, here is a link to a currency converter site.
These decals are printed on decal paper where the carrier film covers the complete sheet, so each decal need to be cut out separately. They do not have a sealing coat. UV-ink printed decals are tough and easy to handle, but laser and ALPS-printed decals are very fragile, soft and will easily scratch. Be extremely careful, for example long cheatline decals can curl and break very easily.
Cut out each decal with sharp scissors. Dip the decal in warm water (add one or two drops of washing-up liquid to the water). Do this for 5 to 10 seconds, then remove it from the water and let it sit for about a minute.
If you leave the decal in the water for a longer time, this can cause more of the adhesive to dissolve, which can prevent the decal from adhering properly and also increase the risk of silvering. Do not move the decal on the backing paper too much to avoid tearing the film or removing the adhesive. Do not let the decal float off of the backing paper.
The area where the decal is to be applied should be kept level. Apply water and/or setting solution to the area, then put the decal (on the backing paper) in position on the model. Use a wet paint brush to slide the decal off the backing paper and on to the model and put it in the correct position and move around for final positioning. Apply more water or setting solution if the decal is hard to move and adjust the position of the decal if necessary. When the decal is in position, let it dry on its own. Do not touch it unless it is necessary to change the position.
When the decal has dried, apply your preferred decal solvent, but avoid very strong liquids. Do not touch the decal until it is dry, because when the ink is wet it will smear and ruin the decal. When the decal is dry, remove any residual solution with a cotton bud or swab dipped in water with washing-up liquid added.
Do NOT apply any strong solvent-based clear lacquer over these decals with a brush, as they will instantly dissolve. If you use a clear lacquer, apply it with an airbrush in very light coats. We recommend you use acrylic clear coat for this type of decals as a safer choice.