Model building kits for beginners
When it comes to applying decals, time, patience, a clean work area and a steady hand are especially important, as is having the right tools for the job (scissors, tweezers, toothpicks, paper towel and a small container for the water). First, cut out each decal as required using scissors.
Using tweezers, dip the decal you have cut out in a container of warm water for a few seconds and then place the wetted decal, paper side down, on a piece of clean kitchen towel. Leave to stand for approximately 20 seconds whilst the decal’s adhesive activates with the water and the decal separates from its backing paper.
Now, (holding the backing paper with tweezers) you can slide the decal just a little bit off its backing paper and onto the model (also dampen the area with warm water) using tweezers, a toothpick or a water-moistened paint brush. Once you are happy that the decal is correctly positioned, carefully soak up any excess water with paper towel and leave the decal to fully dry. Avoid touching the decal whilst it is drying.