Adhesive Detail & Marking Film Red

Published: April 21st, 2011     
Reviewed by: Roger Rasor - IPMS# 34117
Company: Hasegawa
Price: $12.00
Product / Stock #: 71812-8 TF12
Product provided by: Hobbico

Editor's note: This product comes in a variety of colors

Most model builders think of useful small hobby tools when they hear someone say TRITOOL. However, this TRITOOL item is a fundamental building material for use in scratch building, customizing or finishing models. It is a unique self-adhesive sheet of thin pre-finished foil (film) that is intended to replicate red finishes on aircraft or other models (other primary colors are available, such as white, black, yellow, orange, blue, etc.). The package contains one 90mm x 200mm sheet of material that has a red semi-gloss finish. It appears to be the correct color for reproducing a Japanese Hinomaru.

How do you use it? First you cut a piece to size and shape with a fresh blade, then peel off the backing sheet and place the material on a clean surface (an unpainted area is supposed to be best). Once positioned, the material is then lightly burnished down and smoothed out with a soft cloth or cotton swab in much the same way a decal is pressed out. But, no water is involved in the application.

It's a fairly easy process, but the material is a little expensive, so be sure you use it selectively.

My thanks to Hobbico and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

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