PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase these decals you will be automatically emailed by our webstore with two links. One downloads a PDF of the Instructions / Notes pages shown in the product images here. The other is a zoomable PDF layout of the decal sheet scale you ordered from the selectable options below. Whilst most will easily be able to read the larger scales, the smaller scales whilst finely printed are very small indeed. Being able to zoom in on an electronic version of the decal sheet will help some users identify which decal they are looking for on the sheet if they're struggling to read the characters. This saves us packaging even the smallest sheets with A5 sheets of paper which, doubtless, some will never use!
ALSO NOTE: If purchasing from outside the UK, no UK taxes are applicable but also none of your own country's taxes are collected either - these will be assessed at your border by your own customs forces and any applicable taxes are your own responsibility.
We offer Roman Numeral British & Commonwealth style Draught Marking ( Plimsoll Marks ) water-slide decals for model ships in 1/200 Scale, 1/350 Scale, 1/400 Scale, 1/600 Scale and 1/700 Scale. These are top quality silk-screen prints on blue decal paper manufactured for us by Decograph in Ukraine. Being a silk-screen product, the investment in effort and the resulting batch sizes are considerable but the results are excellent. What we lose in flexibility to print small batch quantities by computer, we gain in quality and we're confident you'll agree these are very good indeed.
Used from the Victorian iron-clads until the mid-late 20th century, these decals represent the standard 6 inch high Roman numeral draught markings used on most Royal Navy and Commonwealth warships. They showed the observer the draught, or depth of the hull, below the water at that point. In real life these were metal numerals riveted or welded to the hull at spacings suitable to show 1 foot increments. Five types are included on our decal sheets, representing free numerals, those joined with bars top and bottom, and both left and centre-justified positioning. There are also elongated white numerals for the turn of the bilge if required. The bottom of the numeral denotes the draught at that point. The vertical distance between the bottoms of each numeral is therefore 1 foot. The decals are printed in black and in white. Often the colour with the best contrast would be used, so white is predominant below the waterline but either black or white is frequently seen above. You must study photographs of your chosen subject.
It is acknowledged that there were further variations of draught markings used on British and Commonwealth warships, and it is not practicable to cover all variances on a generic decal sheet. These variations include right-aligned positioning, as well as staggered positioning to suit bow rake, and are not covered by this set. We stress that these are generic markings which represent the most commonly seen types of numerals observed. It is incumbent upon the individual modeller to check their references prior to applying any decals to their model.
Another compromise which the modeller must be made aware of is the fact that the spacing of the draught markings is nominally 1 foot increments in the vertical plane since what they represent is draught, not distance along the hull plating. For
those draught markings at the bow of the ship, this is a very small angle of deviation and for the vast majority of people any differences in spacing will be so small as to be negligible. Further aft however near the stern most warships have a much more dramatic turn of the bilge, and as a result the 1 foot waterline increments results in a noticeably wider spacing as well as elongated numerals. Without addressing this, 1 foot
spaced decals would cumulatively lose a lot of apparent draught over 10 to 15 feet spacing. For this reason, we have provided sub-sets of decals in white only respaced at an assumed 40 degree inclination from vertical, which the modeller can use at their discretion to approximate this feature. It is expected that these would be cut and spliced in conjunction with vertical spaced numerals to achieve the desired effect on your specific model. Without dedicated decal sheets per class of vessel it is not feasible to produce a correctly spaced set suitable for all vessels.
Decals are water-slide transfers. Cut individuals decals as required from the backing paper, wet for a few seconds in lukewarm water, and wait until the decal can be slide easily on the backing paper onto the model. Smoother surfaces reduce risk of “silvering” of the backing film, and it is recommended that setting and solvent solutions for decals are used to help them conform properly to the model. Decals should be kept dry until you are ready to use that particular one. Use of tweezers and/or brushes are strongly recommended for handling small decals such as these.
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We are able to post paint/thinners to mainland Great Britain and some european desinations.
Due to enamel paints/thinners being classed as dangerous goods, posting requires us to adhere to certain regulations.
Orders are despatched twice weekly. Days may vary due to outside commitments but this will be detailed on the annoucement bar at the top of the website.
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All paint is on a rolling re-stock. We receive vast amounts of emails requesting exact dates for when items are back in stock however we are unable to give you specific time frames for this due to the nature of trade orders and unpredictable retail sales.
As such, we do not respond to email requesting information about when a specific paint in back in stock. We recommend that you complete the notifier for when the levels are updated. This will send a one-time email when the stock is increased and will not subscribe you to any other emails from us.
We advised that you ensure to purchase enough paint to complete the model to maintain accuracy. Our paint buying guide can help: Paint Buying Guide
Whilst we do everything in our power to ensure consistency between batches using real people and not machines, we also carrying out constant improvement of our range and colour accuracy. As such we do make changes to colours when new information shows a discrepancy in our range. This allows us to carry the most accurate and authentic paint range.
Application Guide - Full Guide Here
Solid pigments and flattening agent will tend to separate from the carrier solvent if sat still for long periods of time, so we strongly recommend thorough mixing before use.
Colourcoats can be sprayed with a suitable airbrush or brush painted. When brush painting multiple thinned coats are recommended with sable brushes.
The recommended thinner is Colourcoats Thinners specially formulated for superior drying times and reduced odour. If necessary Colourcoats can be thinned with standard quality solvent thinners or cellulose thinners for rapid drying.