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Art & Inspiration The Art of the Model Car Decal

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  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
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    J.Ukrop submitted a new blog post:

    The Art of the Model Car Decal

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  2. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 20,271

    Staff Member

    This is so good Joey...
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  3. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 13,502

    from KCMO

    Killer post man. That’s such a thrill finding a little un expected nugget of gold under the dust.

    A few years back placing the hopup water slide into my windshield I couldn’t help feel a pang of nostalgia and a feeling that I was just building a giant model.
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  4. Really cool. The sad thing is that if you want to use them when they are that old, it can be a challenge. It helps to use modern solutions to soften them up and get them to lay on the surface without wrinkling or breaking.

    Round 2 models is reissuing a lot of old AMT and MPC kits with brand new vintage decals. Here is the decal sheet from their recent 37 Chevy coupe release..., and my build up of it. 37chevydecals.jpg IMG_1298.jpg

  5. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,988


    What a haul !!!!
    I saw the name Donna Marie Mims ( underneath it said “Think Pink “. In her day, she was the most Bad ass Corvair driver going…..yeah, driving her pink Corvair or Corvette, or TR3.
    On top of that, not a bad looker either 5A14071A-08A1-4F74-9A79-2610BE54591F.jpeg
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  6. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,885

    from Colorado

    Those decal sheets let to the formation of the SPEED EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION! An attorney for Revell reached out to some of the companies making speed equipment and asking if there was an association representing these companies. The attorney was looking for a single source to get permission to use the manufacturer's logos on model car decal sheets. The rest, they say, is history and SEMA was born. I joined SEMA when Dean Moon was president.
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  7. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,688

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Fun to look !!!
    I admitt I did things to model cars in early 50s,that I'd never wanted to do too a real car,later.
    But I loved flames,an used them on many racecars for years.
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  8. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 13,502

    from KCMO

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  9. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 2,910


    That is cool, the decals were always cool to check out whenever you got a new model car kit. Speaking of board games do you have this one ( I’ll take better photos later today). 7D8A15F3-F432-4F81-9EAC-02EBD98D6ED6.jpeg
  10. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,123


    Those are great! I always loved the Kat from AMT ones.

    My Dad passed on his parts bin and unused decals to me when I was a kid in the late 70s. The majority of them where from '54-'62 and at the time decals were still pliable and usable. Can't imagine that that would still be the case today.

    Here's my favorite game (and TV show) from when I was a kid. I still have it, but this is just a picture off the web.

    To keep it HAMB friendly Robert Fuller who stared in Emergency! was also in Teenage Thunder.
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  11. Joe Blow
    Joined: Oct 29, 2016
    Posts: 957

    Joe Blow

    Just an exceptional post! Takes me back.
  12. greybeard360
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,913


    You can buy some printable decal paper, scan the old ones and print them as new decals to preserve the originals and have decals that will work better than the old dry ones. I make my own decals when I am building a replica of a car in 1:24 scale.
  13. Yes! Usta play it regularly back in the early/mid-'70's. I'd usually get stuck with the lemons.:rolleyes: :)

    dealers choice.jpg
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  14. deucetruck
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 691

    from Missouri

    Great thread. Love the decals, models and board games. Brings back a lot of memories. Thanks!!
  15. It's like being a kid all over again.:D
  16. Von Dago
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 505

    Von Dago
    from New Jersey

    Very cool. But weren’t you tempted to buy some of the model kits themselves?
  17. Spooky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,896


    LOVE IT!!!
    I have started hunting for vintage kits too.
  18. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,952

    from Michigan

    I Started again in '98 and now I can't stop buying them....:confused::(
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  19. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,617

    1. 1940 Ford

  20. Jungle Jalopy
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
    Posts: 287

    Jungle Jalopy

    Nice one, Joey. Those tiny little decals look real good on old Schwinn Stingrays.
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  21. The Maltese cross was super popular when I was a kid in SoCal with surfers and hot rodders....Good write up!
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  22. hemihotrod66
    Joined: May 5, 2019
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    This 37 has a 38 grille on it...
  23. fabricator john
    Joined: Mar 18, 2010
    Posts: 204

    fabricator john
    from venice fl.

    is that robert fuller (standing) the doctor from emergency 51 ?
    fabricator john
    miss you dad
  24. Dedsoto
    Joined: Jan 7, 2014
    Posts: 188

    from Australia
    1. Aussie HAMBers

    Where can I see more of the Teenage Thunder roadster? That cowl/windshield/dash treatment looks pretty unique
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  25. y'sguy
    Joined: Feb 25, 2008
    Posts: 505

    from Tulsa, OK

    Great story, Joey. I loved building models as a kid. I think we may all have when first introduced to modeling and these killer decal sets were to use them all on one build! As an artist, it taught me how to practice restraint. Took a long while though!
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  26. 55 Ford Gasser
    Joined: Jul 7, 2011
    Posts: 620

    55 Ford Gasser

    I just watched it on you tube, full length. There are 3 Hot Rods, very traditional. Lol. Watch for the speedometer, they show the same one for 3 different cars. Also, the drag strip has a very long 1/4 mile. All in all, not too bad of a movie, imho. First time seeing it. Ron
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  27. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 2,169

    41 GMC K-18

    Proof positive, that cool old stuff, still is hidden in houses, boxes, barns, etc, etc !
    Great story Joey, thanks for sharing.
    " Everything old, is new again "
    coles hot blast (4).jpg
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  28. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,956


    You were right!! I loved it!!!
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  29. I love 1/25. I love the decals, although there's a lot of mediocre art amongst it. But the good stuff makes it all so lovable. The Monogram Tom Daniel stuff, Rommels Rod, the yellow VW Kombi with the mid -mount 327.. Ok '70's murals, getting off track.
    I love the contingency stuff from Revell '74/75 (A40, Henry J). Another Revell favourite is the classic early Olds- powered Stone/ Woods/Cooke Willys decal sheet.
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  30. echo ed
    Joined: Nov 30, 2013
    Posts: 103

    echo ed
    from fla.

    Great article, it's nice to see the connection most of us have with model cars, a friend who I used to build models with in my childhood, gave me an envelope with similar decals from the early '60's. It's fun to try and remember what cars came with the decals. I remember using all the decals on the model.......... you had to use them didn't you ?
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