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German Splinter 2
German Splinter II camouflage pattern
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by: Russ Amott [ RUSSAMOTTO ]


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introduction

For me, one of the most difficult challenges in painting 1/35 scale figures is getting a good representation of a camouflage pattern. After several unsuccessful attempts, I found a series of decal sheets from Crossdelta, a Korean aftermarket accessory manufacturer, and thought I would give it a try.

the camo decal

The product arrived in a clear plastic sleeve, with the decal on a single sheet approx. 4 X 6 inches (100mm X 150mm). There is a card with information and instructions printed in black ink with the splinter camo pattern as a background, making reading a little difficult. There is a warning not to work the decal too much as it may remove the printed surface of the decal.

The figure set I used was a Dragon self propelled gun crew, set 6016. I chose the driver, who is depicted as walking and carrying a jerry can. I cut small sections so the front and rear leg sections would be separate, soaked the decal in warm water and then carefully applied the decal to the leg. I then applied solvaset decal setting solution. I gently worked over the decal, pressing out air bubbles and working it into the creases.

It took me a total of 3 applications of solvaset to get the decal down, though the brush I was using wasn't firm enough to press out some very small air bubbles. I then applied the decal to the rear of the leg, and then the same on the other leg, front and back, using the same process.

Small parts were cut out and applied to the fly flap on the pants, collars and hood inside. I was cautions in handling the decal but had no problems with the printed surface. The only problem I had was that over an uneven surface the decal would fold in small areas. With this type of camo pattern, it was hard to see on the finished product.

After application, the decal was very shiny, so I brushed on a coat of Model Master acrylic flat coat, then did a simple pin wash with dark oils. The finished effect is much better than I could have achieved on my own with a brush. It may take some time learning how to use the product, but with some practice, it will work out very nicely for putting figures in a camouflage uniform, and can be lined up on the seams.

In addition to uniforms, this product could be used for ponchos, shelter halves and tarps.

conclusion

I think this is a useful product for those who have been put off by hand painting complex camouflage patterns. Crossdelta offers several different print patterns. I think it worked well. I purchased my sample at Lucky Model but have found it online at most modeling sites.
SUMMARY
Highs: Easier to use than I thought, and a nice end result.
Lows: When used over complex surfaces, the decal may fold.
Verdict: I think it is a good product with a nice end result.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: CX-MIL-35008
  Suggested Retail: $5.99 US
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  PUBLISHED: Jan 08, 2012
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.47%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.50%

About Russ Amott (russamotto)
FROM: UTAH, UNITED STATES

I got back into the hobby a few years back, and wanted to find ways to improve, which is how I found this site. Since joining Armorama I have improved tremendously by learning from others here, and have actually finished a couple of kits. I model to relax and have fun, but always look to improve. ...

Copyright 2018 text by Russ Amott [ RUSSAMOTTO ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Armorama. All rights reserved.



Comments

Thanks, James. I forgot to mention that the tone on the decal sheet changed or faded slightly from one end to the other, as shown by the small piece cut out and placed on the larger sheet. Not a flaw, but just some added variation.
JAN 08, 2012 - 09:30 AM
Hi Russ Nice review. The one thing i can see that puts me off the product is the print dots seem very visible. are they like that under the eye?
JAN 08, 2012 - 10:49 AM
No. The dots stand out a lot in the digital photos but I can't see them on the figure on my bench, unless it is under significant magnification.
JAN 08, 2012 - 02:56 PM
Ahh, that was my one worry after looking at the photos with the review. thanks for the review J
JAN 09, 2012 - 06:06 AM
Thanks for the review Russ, Painting camouflage is one of my biggest challenges. I just ordered this and the "pea pattern" set from Lucky Model. I'm going to give it a try...thanks again. Jeff
JAN 17, 2012 - 04:43 AM
i have some of the cross delta modern camo decals, and they are awesome! really good, not think or too thin, mould really well into detail. make sure you use softener though.
JAN 18, 2012 - 09:50 PM
Thanks Matt, I have Solvaset Solution...I would think that would be OK...or not? What do you use? I'm kind of looking forward to working with this stuff. Can't wait till it gets here. Jeff
FEB 01, 2012 - 02:43 AM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
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