the possibility of these conditions over

the summer months. The decals themselves are not a new idea by any means, but the method of printing these

is, although there is no connection between that and their behavior. In the

summer, we increased the thickness

of the carrier film, because there were

complaints from our customers that

the decals were too thin, and difficult

to handle as a result. The thicker decals

are easier to handle, but there still needs to be a certain amount of respect

used in approaching them, same as with

any decals. Decals are very unforgiving

when it comes to poor workmanship,

and their application always demands

a certain level of care, and a good level

of experience helps, too. In our kits, the

number of options with the decals has

often offered more than five opportunities to get used to using them for any

given model. There is always something

with which to hone one’s skills with.

Practice makes perfect. Ask any pilot.

So, practice. Repetition is the mother

of wisdom. It is a similar thing with the

possibility of the clear peeling. It is generally known that it can be done with our

decals, and there has been much discussion about it on the internet, mostly

revolving around there not being any

mention of it in instructions. This is not

mentioned, because although it can,

in fact, be done, it is not a mandatory

procedure for their use. If you choose

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to leave the clear carrier on them, and

then clear coat over them in the traditional way, you’ll have no problem. The

carrier is a little thicker than it used to

be, but is still thin enough to look really good on the model and adheres well

to its surface. Peeling off the carrier is

not really a complicated matter, anyway, but as with everything else, it does

benefit from practice. So, if you are

among those that desire to remove the

film from their decals, then you have an

opportunity to educate yourself on the

procedure on decals you do not intend

to otherwise take advantage of. Practice, experiment, and evolve. It’s actually

an enjoyable thing to do. But bear in

mind that the decision to either peel

off, or keep, the clear film is ultimately for you to decide. In order to make

it a bit easier on you, we will prepare

a small tutorial for October’s newsletter, outlining the do’s and don’ts with

respect to using our decals and focusing

on the two methods. And I will venture

to say that once you get the necessary

experience, you will demand no other

type of decal!

At the end of August, the fund raiser for Vaclav Sorel came to an end.

For those of you who do not know the

gentleman, he made himself very well

known to Czech and Slovak modelers

and aviation enthusiasts in the seventies and eighties by way of magazine

publications, who has recently encoun-

tered serious health obstacles. In all, we

were able to raise some 700,000 Czech

Crowns, which I consider a respectable

sum. Thanks to all of you who have contributed to this effort and, as such, has

contributed to his healing. It had a direct and positive impact on his mental

state, and consequently, his recuperation. We will continue to work to make

his recovery as quick as possible. With

our colleagues at Special Hobby, we

have prepared a nostalgia-based kit based on Vaclav’s monographs on the Curtiss P-40L Warhawk, flown at the end of

the war by Ulehla. This is another of the

items that were planned for E-day, and

after the cancellation of the event, but

will now alternatively be released at the

event inline, Jicin and Holesovice, where the kit will be for sale. Also, it will be

available through the e-shops of Eduard

and Special Hobby.

And that’s from me for today. I wish

you, as always, an enjoyable read through this month’s newsletter. Watch our

Facebook page, too, where the mapping

out of the Battle of Britain is an ongoing

thing, and where we will post information regarding all the substitution events

for the cancelled E-day.

Happy Modelling!

Vladimir Sulc