by: Stephen T. Lawson [ ]
From their website"Wood Grain Decals, camo stencils, Burnishing Agent for Friul white metal tracks....much is done and there is much more to come.
Allow me a few words about how all of this has begun. The aircraft model you see below is Wingnut Wings´s 1/32nd scale LVG C VI. I built it in 2010 within a period of around 3 months. It has won serveral gold medals, best of class and audience awards. It was pretty much successful.
People always asked how the wood was done. Well in this case, the grain texture was painted by hand with a pin brush. During the conversations with the modelers i often realized that its not easy for everyone to paint a wood grain by hand. Suddenly I had the idea! Why not using a decal for it?
I ran some tests and it all came out nice. It led to what we have here. The possibility for everyone to reach a faster & better result than I was able to paint by hand. Not only the military side of modeling is interesting. There is so much crazy stuff available around the world, its hard to find a topic to focus on. Military modelers tend to weather their models pretty heavy sometimes. This has led to sheer sience and very complex painting techniques, setting the bar higher and higher. On the civil modeling side, you find many of these techniques easily adapted. There is really unbelievable subjects out there, again demonstrating that it always is a good idea to look beyond your own nose. We now have begun to focus on this side of modeling as well."
"Uschi van der Rosten" decals is run by Mr. Alexander Glass of Augsburg Germany. They have basically 4 wood grain decal sets Small size for 1:72 and large for 1:48 - 1:32 in coarse and large. I received only the large - coarse sheet. One little known fact is that most plywood skins for aircraft were A/B grade Ash or Birch not Pine. So the lay of the grain could be fairly straight or pretty wild. This was called the "burl" of the grain. A was the outer face and the B or C grade was the inner face.
ContentsA. One sheet of decal film with blocks of wood grain repeated multiple times.
B. One colour printed cover sleeve with instructions front, inside & back.
C. One page front & back with lists of needed materials (for best results) and useful general information for the novice to average modeler.
Following the instructions and heeding some of the cautions in the information that comes with the decals I began to apply them to an Eduard 1:48 Albatros D.I - II fuselage. My images show this fuselage as I have partially finished the decal application over a base and a stain coat. The instructions say to vary the grain pattern but generally speaking the grain on the original airframes ran fore to aft. (nose to tail) on the whole airframe. There were some angled cuts seen on the flat sided fuselages but where there is a curve in the skeletal formers the grain always ran fore to aft. This would include the spine and the belly areas on the Alb. D.I - II & III types. On the D.V & Va the whole wood skinned paneling was fore to aft.
AS the letter I was sent with the decals said, "For best results mix the type. . ." But I don't recommend altering the lay of the grain direction too much. I would go as far as to mix the fine and coarse grain decals one panel to the next.
The decals application can be tricky as most of it is just carrier film. It can fold over on itself with the slightest provocation. So as the instructions note work carefully, deliberately and it will have some fine results. With the amount of pattern repeats on a sheet you have to be cautious to make the panels appear as individual cuts.
ApplicationsMost WWI aircraft had some major wooden components. German, British, French and etc. But the decals themselves have other appications where ever you want to see a wood grain.
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