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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:11 pm 
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Hello all, I am going to be starting on a project {CVN-77}. Basically Trumps 1/350 scale Nimitz and converting it over to a 2011 G.H.W. Bush. Well in 2011 the Bush was in the Med. Sea and Arabian Sea with CVW-8 [AJ]. With this particular Air Wing I am unable to find any decals so I will have to try and make them on my own. To make a long story short, does anyone know where i can get a program {preferably free} that will help me make the decals in 1/350 scale. Thanks to all for any help in advance, Jim. :wave_1:

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:59 am 
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I'm not sure how you make your own decals (as in wet transfers). I've seen it done in the past but I can't remember how it was done. I think you have a 'blank' base and you paint on top of it. No doubt it's all done digitally nowadays.

As for graphics apps, Paint.net is probably the best. If you want a desktop app, GIMP is OK for image manipulation. A good one is Inkscape. It's a vector art app (think Adobe Illustrator with no price tag). It will give you ridiculously clean and crisp lines, but you have to 'draw' your shapes.

http://www.getpaint.net/
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www.gimp.org

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:54 pm 
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Best thing is to use a vector graphics program as you're set to create very small decals. Avoid programs as gimp or paint, you're going to end with dots instead of beautiful graphics when sizing very small.
Inkscape is OK as it is free, but I use Coreldraw and it is worth the price. :big_grin:

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:47 am 
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Which CorelDraw software program do I need to draw and print decals for 1/700 to 1/350 US navy carrier aircraft. I looked at the site and there are many. Prices star at 59.00 and go as high as 600.00.
I really only want to purchase what I would need to make carrier aircraft squadron decals.

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I have designed fairly complex decals with DesignCAD. It is under $100.00. A one month demo is free and the user forum is free.

https://www.turbocad.com/designcad/desi ... -2016.html

It is a CAD program so if you have never used one there is a learning curve. But guys on the forum will be glad to help yu get started.

http://forum.designcadcommunity.com/

Once you have the decal design you can print on decal paper with an inkjet printer.

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I used CorelDraw for drawing decals for my resin or PE kits. If you plan to let them be printed by professionals, you better ask them for guidelines, how to handle white, etc, they usually have them handy.

No need for newest version there - I bought my CorelDraw copy new which was 2 versions back for just 5 Euro in a computer store. More then enough ;)

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:18 am 
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Corel Draw is the one I use. Been using it for over 20 years. I would say anything Corel Draw X (10) or up is fine. Even files I created in Corel Draw X still open well in 16.

Use Youtube to learn how to use this fine program.

I've used it to draw decals (that I've used myself) and to draw two photo etch sheets that went into production.

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