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Base construction Questions

Post by KevinHoggard » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:02 pm

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I have a 10X10 wooden base for the 18" TOS. I am lighting the kit, and I would like to see if adding this photo to the base, drilling small holes where the stars are and lighting the base could be done.

I did a base for my 1/1400 "C" and printed out blueprint schematics of the ship, covered the paper with several light coats of gloss clear and glued it to the top. Problem is after a couple of years the paper is slightly turning yellowish. My question is what type of good paper can I use for the photo? Should I attempt to gloss coat it or just leave as is?

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Re: Base construction Questions

Post by Tesral » Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:23 am

Depends on the clear coat. Testors is notorious for yellowing.

Paper wise make sure you use archival grade acid free paper. That will protect you from the paper end. And don't use Testors clear coat.
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Re: Base construction Questions

Post by MEATLOAFr » Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:39 am

Tesral wrote:Depends on the clear coat. Testors is notorious for yellowing.

Paper wise make sure you use archival grade acid free paper. That will protect you from the paper end. And don't use Testors clear coat.
agreed, or white decal paper would work too - but clear coat yellowing is something to think of

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Re: Base construction Questions

Post by trekriffic » Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:45 pm

MEATLOAFr wrote:
Tesral wrote:Depends on the clear coat. Testors is notorious for yellowing.

Paper wise make sure you use archival grade acid free paper. That will protect you from the paper end. And don't use Testors clear coat.
agreed, or white decal paper would work too - but clear coat yellowing is something to think of

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Re: Base construction Questions

Post by Tesral » Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:22 pm

trekriffic wrote:Or, better yet, have MEATLOAFr print you a custom decal! He does that for me.
I would not want to deal with a decal that was the size of a base. YMMV. Decoupage has its place. Just make sure your clear coat does not yellow. Not having seen the model ( :pics2: ) I could not say if it was the paper or the clear coat that was the issue.
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Re: Base construction Questions

Post by KevinHoggard » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:49 pm

Tesral wrote:
trekriffic wrote:Or, better yet, have MEATLOAFr print you a custom decal! He does that for me.
I would not want to deal with a decal that was the size of a base. YMMV. Decoupage has its place. Just make sure your clear coat does not yellow. Not having seen the model ( :pics2: ) I could not say if it was the paper or the clear coat that was the issue.
This is the only pic I have of her right now. It's hard to tell the yellowing. It was printed on regular copy paper, then sprayed numerous times with clear gloss lightly.
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Re: Base construction Questions

Post by KevinHoggard » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:52 pm

Here is a better pic showing the yellowing
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Re: Base construction Questions

Post by Tesral » Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:48 pm

It's hard to tell if it is the paper, the clear coat, or some of both. I tend to think the clear coat as you have sealed the paper away from the air. No air, no yellowing.
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Re: Base construction Questions

Post by KevinHoggard » Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:04 pm

Thanks Tesral,

If I use a good quality photo paper maybe I would not have to clear coat the photo at all. Recommendations on type of glue to use to glue the photo to wood?

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Re: Base construction Questions

Post by trekriffic » Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:36 pm

KevinHoggard wrote:Thanks Tesral,

If I use a good quality photo paper maybe I would not have to clear coat the photo at all. Recommendations on type of glue to use to glue the photo to wood?
Yes! glue is the best I ever used for paper. I discovered it in my college art class days. It's not cheap but it's the absolute best stuff for mounting paper to anything. Comes as a thick waxy paste but you can warm it up with a little water in the microwave (on on the stove) to thin it before you brush it on.

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