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Wood grain decals from "Uschi"
JackFlash
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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 02:42 AM UTC

Wood grain decals have been on the modelers wishlist since the early 1950''s. One of the most recent products comes from "Uschi" in Augsburg Germany.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 03:13 AM UTC
These are looking very good, with a fine pattern grain to my eye. Personally I would tone it down a bit after application though – but that might be just me ofcourse

Thank You Stephen for bringing these up

Mikael
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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 03:28 AM UTC
Greetings Mikael,

I would tend to agree with you. Certainly an overall muting coat would help. But for the review I just wanted to show how the decal lays. In their instructions "Uschi recommends a mist coat of Radome or etc for an over coat.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 07:41 AM UTC
Ah – Thank You Stephen for clarifying.

Mikael
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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 08:10 AM UTC
I had a question offline. Yes the large set covers both 1:48 & 1:32 uses.
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Posted: Friday, August 26, 2011 - 08:47 PM UTC
I should declare an interest here as I produce the "Disc Camo" masks for Alex

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Personally I would tone it down a bit after application though



Yep, that is the idea, you can make the grain effect as subtle as you like as well as being as dark or as light as you want it. Along with Wingnut Wings these decals, for me, have started a whole new interest in WWI modelling
Uschi
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Posted: Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 12:55 PM UTC
Thanks for the friendly comments everyone!
Special thanks to Mal for getting involved. :-)

Also great thanks to Stepehen for the things he mentioned.
He is right regarding the thickness of the decal flim on the sample
he received. At the time we developed the decal, we opted for a very thin
film to make sure the decal gets tight to all surface details.
We did not expect too much difficulties, even it was a bit tricky.

Later on i discovered it might be better to follow on what the vast
majority of modellers is used to. A thicker decal film.

So this legitimately mentioned issue can be marked as fixed.
Again thanks for mention it, Stephen! :-)

Mal pointed out some very important features which aolo can be found
in the manual. For those who are interested to have a look at the manual, feel free to download the file on this link:
http://www.uschivdr.com/download/

Please allow me to put a few pictures in here to illustrate what can be done
while playing with the product:



This 32nd scale Roden "Pup" is sporting WGC-48 on the side. The new upcoming WGF-48a shows up on top of the fuselage for the first time.
Unpainted on this picture.




WGF-48a


Note the nice contrasts between a convincing wood and a cool NMF.





WGF-48a in full effect


Thanks for your attention, everyone!
If you have some questions or suggestions, just shoot.
At your service! :-)

Cheers

Alex
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Posted: Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 03:40 PM UTC
these decals look awesome! though i havent done a WW1 AC for years, i might just to try these decals on. and maybe use them on 1/35 wooden handled tools!
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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 04:07 AM UTC


Here it is folks the Alb. D.II 1782/16 profile "A" from the Eduard kit #8081. Eduard says it is from Sept 1916. But that is when this series (1700/16 -1799/16) was ordered by contract.

This machine was used by Vzfw. (Vizefeldwebel = acting sergeant) Otto Gerbig after he came from Jasta 4 to Jasta 14 on 11 February 1917. He transferred out on15 August 1917 going to Jasta 18. So you can see he could not have flown this machine in Jasta 14 in Sept 1916.




The fuselage band that was part of the kit's profile for this machine was not provided. I did use another band from an Eduard Alb. D.III "Profipack" as a pattern for the needed band cut from a sheet of black decal film.




It is possible that the machine carried the Totenkopf (similar to 17th Brunswick Hussars) insignia before Gerbig was assigned to fly it some time after 11 February 1917.

Eduard says also that the band serving as the background for theTotenkopf was red. I believe it was black in keeping with the Brunswick regimental colours.
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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 - 11:58 AM UTC
Coming along pretty nice, i would say.
To separate the panels from each other i would suggest to mask off some panels and reduce the effect separately for more variation. But thats a matter of taste. Its great! Curious to see the oil colors on it.

cheers!
Alex

The following was added by Alex on Oct. 7, 2011 in another thread, so I am bringing it along here too. JackFlash

Hi gentlemen,

I have some news to share.
Uschi van der Rosten has teamed up with Ronny Bar, the man behind the masterful color profile arts in the WNW manuals.

I recommend to visit his website:


http://www.ronnybarprofiles.com/index/

The contact was made with the frinedly help of Martin Reid, editor of the
"AEROTORQUE" free online journal released by warbirds AMG, Melbourne, Australia.

http://www.warbirdsamg.com/journals

Ronny had the kindness to allow UvdR the use of his name AND:
The original artworks on which the color profiles are based on!

What came out is a pretty nice solution for your wood grain desires.
Lets have a few pictures:






These decals (WGSF-48 super fine) are supposed to be a finishing decal.
They come on a transparent carrier film.
This allows you to adjust your brightness via the color of the acrylic basecoat.
Some radome plus a little bit white is always a good idea.
However you set your preshading, i t will be vilsible nicely and subtile through the decals.
If you want to postshade them, give it a go with clear orange, yellow or smoke.
In case you dont want to see whatever kinda shading, of course no problem.
Just jump over this step.

Sealed with clear they will sport out more brilliance and a fine and crisp grain.
If you think you want them a lil darker, just give them a oil filter with some burnt sienna for instance.

I think this is our best wood grain decal for now.
Uschi is very excited and very proud to call Ronny her friend and partner.

Thanks for allowing me to jump in this thread and spread the word.
A review sample is already "in the pipe" to come to an independent point of view.

Thanks a lot!

Best wishes!

Alex
www.uschivdr.com
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Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 11:20 AM UTC
Here is Eduard 1:48 Albatros D.II with the Hecker & Goros standing German officer with a telescopic glass.