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US ARMY ACUPAT Decals
ComaBlack
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Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:28 PM UTC
Necro-post!!

Anyway, go CrossDelta. I've used four or five of theirs, though granted not the ACU or other digital patterns. Cut into thin strips 1/16-1/8 inch wide, length as needed. They just need some Micro-Set and two minutes of soaking. Use a cotton bid and small soft brush to push into small details. Its like they are closer to some kind of latex than normal decal film. Like the stuff they use to coat rifles.
Motorwinter
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Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 - 09:21 PM UTC
Good review. I was wondering having purchased the Live Resin LRM35001 1/35 Modern US Soldier if you Good Folk or any of your Members could recommend a Camouflage decal set that would work with this figurine.
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Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 05:26 AM UTC
Profanity and name calling? Sorry but nobody harasses my staffers like that. Brian is banned until such time that he publicly apologizes via another popular forum (that he is not banned on) in a manner that makes me believe he is truly reformed and will not continue on his past path of bullying others and acting the 'ego' god of modeling.

As Alliance is an advertiser here I fully expect this action will cause them to cancel their ad. Luckily for us there are 3 people waiting for that space as it is.

Jim
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Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 03:20 AM UTC
Brian, Mario was assigned the task of reviewing this set of decals by me, as I am not even an amateur when it comes to modern camo. I sent a second set to another reviewer, but he hasn't submitted his review.

I stand 100% behind my reviewers and do all I can to protect the integrity of their reviews. Armorama does not pressure reviewers to give high or low scores. The fact that Mario is a staff member has nothing to do with my support for him. Nothing.

If anything over the several years I've been an editor, I have had to encourage reviewers not to give overly generous scores. No product deserves 100%, but you'd be surprised how many first-time reviews I get giving 95% scores despite a long list of problems with the product.

Percentage scores reflect the opinion of the reviewer, and are not scientific calculations.

Personal insults to reviewers undermine the credibility of AMW and their products. Let your products speak for themselves, even if occasionally the reviews are not positive. You can't expect every product to be a winner. The high scores AMW have gotten here are no accident, but apparently these decals have some issues. Attacking the reviewer as a know-nothing does not address the issue here: the decals are extremely difficult to "set."

Your choice, as James says, is either to take the criticism and improve the product, or accept the fact that the product is less-than-perfect. Trashing a review and insulting the reviewer makes you look bad personally, and reflects badly on AMW. It would make me as a potential customer wonder if AMW products are really as good as you've claimed.

Let's face it, modern digital camo is a challenge in this scale. Few of us have the skills to paint it on. Your decals may or may not be up to that challenge-- perhaps no decals are. But to bash the reviewer for stating an opinion unfortunately looks like a smokescreen to hide an unflattering truth.
c5flies
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Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 03:05 AM UTC
I have to get to work so I'll keep this short, trivial playground bullying aside...

1-Personally, I'm not impressed with Rob Mathews results...a delicately sculpted figure with most of the details covered up. This review by Mario hit the nail on the head in terms of performance of the product.

2-I may have missed it, but I haven't seen any stipulation on AMW website or Ebay that states that these should only be used by (and sold to) highly experienced modelers.

3-Use this review to further improve your product...other manufacturers worth their salt do. Constructive criticism can be a good thing for a company.
jimbrae
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Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 02:47 AM UTC
Time out from ALL sides please...
Maki
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Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 02:35 AM UTC
Brian, first of all, learn some manners and stop with the name calling. You are just showing people who you really are rather than proving your point.

As for the 95% average of your products... well, after all the bullying on the forums (and this discussion is the best case of bullying I have seen so far from you), there are a few people who would dare to review your products and be completely honest with them. It is just not worth the trouble. It would be best if you yourself wrote the reviews... That way you would get your 95% and be happy.


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Whether you accept it or not, this is the truth, and is what others are going to see.



No. What people are going to see is a frustrated manufacturer who sends his products and then whines if it doesn't get the stellar review he wanted, arrogant and rude with absolutely no manners.

Mario
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Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 01:26 AM UTC
You got beaten up a lot while growing up didn't you? As far as I'm considered, this "discussion" is over and I will not waste more time on a person like yourself.
Mario_HR
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Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 01:00 AM UTC
Thanks but no thanks. What you think of me is really of no importance to me and certainly I have nothing to prove to you.

You do what you like, I stand behind what I said as do you.
Mario_HR
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Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 12:08 AM UTC
Thanks for the lecture. It means a lot coming from you.
Mario_HR
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Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 10:37 PM UTC
Well since your first answer was aimed at me let me answer back. I didn't ask you for a sample to review, you sent it to Armorama so please be polite.

Enough of my inability? What do you know of my ability? Apparently you like to take things from context whenever it suits you. I reviewed your unit decals and gave 80% and to quote the verdict "Great set to personalize and enhance detail of your scale warriors." Apparently this is a blatant insult to you as you chose to mention this in your post.

Calling people names is something that shouldn't be tolerated on any forums especially when you're a company trying to advertise a commercial product. No where does it say on your products that it takes a ingenious modeler to use your decals. They are well engineered, thought of but you simply used way too thick decal paper and they are unusable. I did try using smaller pieces and plenty of time and got the same results as Rob Matthews.

Unfortunately what you don't seem to understand is that covering up all details with decals that don't conform to the figure is not the solution. I was not looking for a miracle solution.

I know you wouldn't like to see your product reviewed with a lower grade, but I have told the truth in every sentence of my review. For a grown up man you sir are lacking a lot of communication culture. Please restrain yourself from name-calling on what is not your private forim.
Maki
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Posted: Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 08:41 PM UTC
Brian, the results shown in your reply are not good enough, at least not for me. Have you tried your decals yourself? I'd love to see the result.


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lol, if you don't want to review my products, just say so, no one asked you.



So, the reviews of your product have to state your stuff is the best? The reviews here are honest opinions of experienced modelers, and no pressure from manufacturers will change that.

Face it, your decals are not good and 55% rating is more than fair in my opinion. And your arogant, trolling attitude is something we have been witnessing for quite some time here and most of us are really tired of you.

Mario
grimmo
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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 09:57 PM UTC
you may be right Mario. I am going to try and paint the acu, i just have around 10 figures that need acu, and i didnt think i could handle doing them all!

really it's all about making it look like digital cam when you are painting it, not replicating it. It is far too minute for me, even with magnifiers! thats why i decided to try the decals. I have some more marines and some jgsdf troops to do with decals, then i'm moving on to other projects. There is still nothing like painting a figure yourself, rather than using a decal. But on the other hand, with some combat uniforms, the decals wont be used for much.

Maki
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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 09:05 PM UTC
Thanks for the pics! It seems CrossDelta is the way to go if one wants to use decals... However, I'm still not convinced any decals will give better results than steady hand and lots of patience for painting ACU pixels.

Mario
grimmo
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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 08:54 PM UTC
i've bben having problems with photobucket, but have managed to get a couple of pics.

first up is a couple of pics of a hobby fan figure with the alliance decal on it. No amoun tof softener could get the decal to soften into the molle straps.





Here is a couple of pics of the other hobby fan figures with the cross delta decals.

the molle straps on the back back are painted after the decal settled into them.





here is a pic of the trumpeter woodland cam decal on a mig figure:

f1matt
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Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 04:31 PM UTC
An interesting idea. But not good enough for me to spend my money on. I`d rather do a half decent pattern by hand than lose so much detail. And any decal that doesn't snuggle down over detail is worthless in my opinion.

matt