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Review: Rub-On Decals

While my experience with Bake-On Decal Paper was outstanding, my experiments with Rub-On Decal Paper by Papilio did not turn out as well. The basic premise of this paper is that you print your decals on this special clear paper, spray it with adhesive, turn it over, and rub the decal onto the surface. The ink transfers to the surface along with a thin clear film, and after a day or two it becomes fairly strong. The problems with using this paper for minimates were clear right from the start. Click the title to read all about it.

Merry Christmas!

My 2-year old son woke me up early today on Christmas, so I thought I would take the time to thank all of my readers for supporting this little blog over the last few...

Removing Paint

One question I have seen pop up repeatedly on the boards at the Multiverse is how to remove the factory minimate paint? There are two main methods that I use. The first is a product called Goof-Off, which is pictured above. You should be able to get this at any hardware store, and it is very cheap. I put a little on an old rag, and it rubs the paint off in less than a minute. Sometimes it can leave a sticky film behind after rubbing the paint off, but if you keep on rubbing for another minute, this film can also be removed. For more precise applications, such as removing part of a face, I use a cotton swab.

You have to be careful with minimates that are painted a different color than they were casted in. For example, if you try to remove the evil grin from M.Bison, you will also remove the skin color, as that head was cast in white and painted skin color. One good way to tell the color of the plastic is to look inside the joints. If you use Goof-Off on a clear minimate, like the Invaders Human Torch, the surface will end up looking slightly cloudy. Also, if you leave your rag soaked in Goof-Off sitting on certain types of plastic overnight, it will melt it. This is strong stuff, so be careful.

The other method I use for removing small sections of minimate tampos is cutting it off with a sharp hobby knife. The tampos are slightly raised off the surface of the plastic, and if you are extremely careful, you can cut them off without marking the plastic.

Review: Bake-On Decals

When I ran out of decal paper a few weeks ago, I started looking at all the different options available online. One product that caught my eye was the Bake-On Waterslide Decal Paper by Papilio. The difference between this paper and standard waterslide decal paper is that after you apply the decal and let it dry, you bake it in the oven for 25 minutes. An additional chemical reaction takes place and the decal is supposedly stronger. I ordered a pack and put it to the test. Hit the jump for details.

Light-Up Iron Man Video

After I finished my Human Torch, I knew my second LED project would be a light-up Iron Man flight stand. This time I recorded a video during the entire process. Even if you are not ready to tackle your own LED project, it should be fun to watch this piece created in four-and-a-half minutes.