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Please take a look at the photos. As you can see, there's an "clear outline" on the decorations on the model. Are these indications of decals?

 

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Gary, if it has an outline, it's a decal, if not, it's a tampo. Another tell-tale if the graphic has more then one color: if there's one color over the other, if it's a decal the transition from one color to the other is totally smooth. On a tampo you can feel the edge of the paint when you pass your finger over it.
 
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Sometimes model manufactuer painted the colour scheme on the model then apply clear decals on top. So I would have to say it's probably half and half, because larger decal sheets are very hard to place on curves.
 
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Does anyone have a preference, decals or tampos.

I have seen some really nice decals, but I think I prefer the tampos, providing they are applied nicely.
 
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About the Skyline - Looks to me like 'clear coated decals'.

Those that collect Tamiya Finished 1/12 motorbikes know what I'm talking about.
 

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thanks for all the feedback guys! :cheers

I now have a better understanding of nut... I mean decals... and tampoes too! :giggle

I'm gonna have to say the JGTC skylines have tampoes and decals. The decal parts include parts of the hood, parts of the top, and a bit of the sides. The rest seem to be painted, or tampoed.

Thanks again! :happy
 

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Thanks LUW, I've also been having problems about being sure of the difference. Also, it would seem that decals could not be placed on 3D curves without wrinkling? But I guess just the fact that we're having this conversation is testimony as to how much decals have improved in recent years. I hope their ageing problems have also improved ( and I hope mine have also! :giggle ).
 

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Couldn't the clear outlines just be different tones of silver? I honestly can't imagine AUTOart using decals on those Skyline racers :confused
Of course, I prefer tampos too :danbana
 
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