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  • Using the slot.it Prshe 962 IMSA body and Pattos decals to create the 1989 Texaco car

    I tried doing this once before using the slot.it European tour racing body with Pattos decals and sadly it didn't turn out very well. There were several differences in the rear body shape and openings that prevented the big red star from fitting snugly to the body. I made compromises but I was far from satisfied. Recently I bought a Porsche 962 IMSA slot.it body to try again. Even so there were several variations from team to team regarding the size and locations of the various openings from the cockpit back. I got a new set of Pattos decals and since the big red star is the only decal that has to fit over and around bumps and curves I just tried fitting it first. It looks like a total disaster. The fuel filler openings don't line up nor do the radiator openings on the rear deck and Pattos didn't make any provision for the big air scoop on top of the engine bay that cuts across the star area. I'm trying to brainstorm some ideas about how to apply the backup star and maintain it's shape. One idea I have is to cut the decal like slices of pie and allow some overlap where possible. Another idea is to trace the circle and the start on frisket paper and mask and spray, the red first and then the white. Anyone with other suggestion please join in. I sort of wonder if Pattos used a different 1/32 962 when setting up the decals.

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    Decals are usually formatted to a flat surface, not to the body panels per say. Sometimes its a pain to get them to line up the way you want. Have to understand that with 1:1 race cars, most of the big stripes and logos were painted. Newer ones are using vinyl wraps.
    Scott.....War Eagle River......Tampa, Florida, USA

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    • #3
      that's annoying. buy two sets and overlap 'em?
      (dare i say- mask and paint the red star? lol)
      Last edited by SpeedyNH; January 27, 2020, 04:07 PM.

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      • #4
        I think I will trace the extra star that came with the sheet and then experiment with slicing that decal into narrow strips and hope I can get them to lie down snugly and maintain the shape. If that fails it time to mask and paint

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        • #5
          I would like to see this car.

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          • #6
            I agree Rich, that would be an awesome livery! And so would this one!!
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            Scott.....War Eagle River......Tampa, Florida, USA

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            • #7
              Looks good! That car is a 956.

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              • #8
                Unfortunately, slot.it doesn't make that version of the rear motor cover (aka bonnet). It really doesn't make the correct one for the all black Havoline car. But I do like the white and black paint scheme.

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                • #9
                  Years ago, I used a very old 956 body from Scalextric (probably contemporary with the real car!), to do the black Texaco car. I was amazed at how easy it was to get fine quality decals, and I dressed the body up with deeper, sharper cuts for the cast in details, and lowered the body quite a bit. It was my favorite car to get out of the box when we all raced together. I sure miss those ALPS printers that so many decal makers used. You could get anything in those days.

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                  • #10
                    The Alps printers were the only ones that could print white. Using a regular printer if you wanted decals with white areas you had to use white paper, but there are several problems with that. For one thing the paper is translucent and will not cover dark surfaces well. Another problem is that the areas around your decals will be white, you have to cut out the decals very carefully unless you make the background match the color of the car. After Alps stopped making printers they reconditioned them for a number of years and the cartridges were also available. Today the only printers that I know of that can print white are the Okidata ones and those are very expensive. https://www.uscutter.com/OKI-C711WT-...-Laser-Printer

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