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I recently purchased this, 1/32 Academy F/A-18C Hornet "Chippy Ho".  Scalemates indicates it was released in 2003. My quandery is this. Being that its an old model, what steps can I take to preserve the decals if its possible. My first thought is to send the decal sheet out to someone to duplicate it, and then hope for some technical advice here. If I can work my way through this I'll post accordingly. 

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If they don’t conform it’s not because they’re from 2003, it’s because they were bad to start with.

 

And while you *can* scan and print a decal, it’s far from ideal, and it’s going to look awful.  You won’t get any white, and you’ll be printing a pixelated image of the decal.  Your best bet is to just buy some aftermarket decals.  You’ll be much happier.

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What is the issue with the decals?  Nothing I hope, I just ordered it, waiting on delivery. I figured I might have issues because it was an old release. Worried they may break up on me. I could try masking and painting the 'Nose art', but it would be alot of  work. The decals should be Cartograf so maybe I'm worried over nothing. Thanks all.

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A prophylactic coat of MicroScale Decal Film would not go amiss whatever the condition of the decals. You can brush it on the decal sheet (no need to spray it) to prevent the individual decals fracturing. In addition, IIRC, it even caused those old clunky ESCI decals to conform! HTH

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i keep my most important/delicate/rare decal sheets in a folder in my bookcase, in my living room, at moderate temperatures and humidity, already since over 30 years, and they're still fine (ofcourse the much older sheets show their age, but then again...)

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2 hours ago, Rob Owens said:

A prophylactic coat of MicroScale Decal Film would not go amiss whatever the condition of the decals. You can brush it on the decal sheet (no need to spray it) to prevent the individual decals fracturing. In addition, IIRC, it even caused those old clunky ESCI decals to conform! HTH

Ok, I have to get my mind out of the gutter, 'prophylactic".. Yes, this was helpful, eased my mind a bit. Haven't built a model in 30 years so it's been an experience just catching up on modern modeling products and all the cool models available. I looked around abit after your suggestion, I will order Sol/Set/Film. Thank you and all.

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I've often thought that twenty years is getting into "will they work / won't they" territory? I'm sure folks on LSP have used decals successfully that are much older than this, but my (fairly limited) experience with old decals is not great. I think the aftermarket decals advice is some very sound wisdom. 

 

Chris. 

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Likewise, I haven't much experience hereto fore applying 20+ year old decals. But...

 It is well known that moisture/humidity are mortal enemies of decals so I seal mine in ziploc freezer bags which are kept in a cool dark air conditioned room. Additionally I hang the bags vertically with clothes hangers (clamp type) in a closet to protect from damage.

 

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