3P Masterpiece appreciation thread

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by jream, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. Junkmech

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    Yeah I was sort of wondering on the Pros and Cons of stickers vs. decals. Of water slides and dry rubs, what holds up better? Water slides I'd assume?
     
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    VS

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    "I'm going to cut your flight-time in half Silverbolt!"
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    TE Op Leader with MP-10

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    Kinda reminds me of one of those figure promo-photographs at little bit.
     

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  5. Mentasm

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    Waterslides are great and if you have access to a decent printer it's incredibly cheap to produce your own.
     
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    Finally got around to combining this guy and he's a brute, I really like him. I have zero attachment to the fiction, but this guy is so rad that I might have to pickup the other FH Headmaster Jrs once they're out.
     
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  7. artimus prime

    artimus prime Articulation Junkie... I'm a poser TFW2005 Supporter

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    Stickers are easier to apply and reprolabels can be removed easily. Reprolabels also have more options for insignias (gold chrome backed, heat activated, etc.) than are available in decals.
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    Azalea with standard white backed reprolabel.
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    Reprolabel texture pic.

    The reprolabels are ok but they're not even cut straight. Note how the white outline is thicker at the bottom than the top.

    So I upgraded to dry rub decals...
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    Azalea with white backed dry rub.
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    Dry rub texture pic.

    The difference is like night and day. The dry rubs are thinner and have a precise outline. They also have a gloss finish that matches the plastic finish. The dry rubs are one-n-done. They aren't supposed to be removed once applied. Dry rubs are good. The only problem is that they don't do well on contoured surfaces.

    Enter: water slide decals.
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    Azalea with clear backed, metallic water slide decal.
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    Water slide texture pic.


    The water slide is another leap forward. They're super thin and work well on contoured surfaces. They can also be moved around while positioning them and can be removed. It isn't all fun with them though. Applying them can be frustrating for those new to the process. They are thin and can be delicate. I haven't damaged any yet but it does happen.
     
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    In fairness, the Toyhax Repro labels have clear-backed G1-style decals that look much closer to the water-slide images you posted last. With the clear-backed style, you don't have to worry about them not being cut 100% correct. The edges pretty much disappear when applied. I have purchased a fair amount of labels through Toyhax and have found things to be cut well/correct/straight most of the time. I also like being able to remove the decal should I want to, for whatever reason.
     
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    Okay first off thanks for both of your super detailed responses, and @artimus prime your pictures are fantastic and really help with imagery for it. I definitely like the look of the water slide and dry ribs. Now - Last question - Durability. Of the three decal types, which one hold up best from rubbing during transformation? I'd assume it's Stickers > Waterslides > Dry Rubs?
     
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    I personally haven't had a problem with any of them on a flat surface. I'd say Dry rubs > Stickers > Waterslides. That being said it will take quite a bit to damage even the waterslides. Constant scraping will damage them all. I can't think of any bot that has their insignia spot in a high friction area.
     
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    Just my 0.02, but there are subsets of each, depending on the material.

    I have had very few toyhax stickers come up/peel on their own, and they were the older style silver and chrome backed. None of the clear, white, or that super super thin newer style have had the issue (those, btw, are as good looking as waterslides because of how thin they are).

    For the water slides, the only issue I've ever had with one was the foil/reflective type (ocean label brand)... and honestly, that could have just been because I didn't let it soak long enough, because I've not had a single issue with any before or since. It sort of just flaked off or disintegrated a week after I put it on.

    FWIW, I think dry rubs are the most difficult to deal with (you get no second chance), but they are the most durable (IMO). I think they also have the least variety.
     
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    Totally 100% agree man! Once that sucker is on its on and when you try and take it off it'll leave a horrible sticky residue that's a pain in the ass to take off.

    @Junkmech One thing I wanted to say about Dry rubs (at least from my experience) is that after while,I dunno what it is with Dry rubs but the Delicate part of the decal such as the "Decepticons crown" (Top part) breaks off fairly easy over time. I recent noticed my QuakeBlast Dry rub missing it's Crown of the the insignia and also my FT Grenadier was missing it's Crown. My guess is probably Dust got into it and while dusting it came off. I personally dunno but wet labels are my go too nowdays. Personally for me Stickers just look like that: a Sticker lol.
     
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    I cover my dry rubs with future to avoid exactly that.
     
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    What do you mean by "Future" the Pledge stuff to tighten joints/ball pegs? Wonder if that would work for wet labels too?
     
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    Yup, that stuff. It's acrylic so it works great. I also use it when I want a glossy clear coat - covered Maketoys Downbeat's alt mode with an air brushed coat after I applied my custom waterslide decals to him (masked off the windows and wheels of course) and I mix it into my paints when I do custom work (for a glossy finish, that is. For a semi gloss I mix future and acrylic flat base into my paints). I also use it to protect regular stickers as well - helps to keep them from peeling up. The only time I don't use it is when a figure has a matte finish.
     
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    Another Lesson in Violence...

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    Unhand me you CLOD!!

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    It's the end of the road Shockwave.

    But I don't drive...


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    AAARGGH!!! I hope you have the worst case of energon-indigestion... because Megatron is NOT food!!

    And that is the lesson for today.

    Shockwave doesn't drive... Megatron is not food. There will be a quiz on Friday!

    Cheers!!
     
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    Yesterday's haul is today's deskbots!

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    Wanted to pose my 2 faves like the piece of well known art.
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  20. Sylent

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    That's the old Lance Storm / Justin Credible pose. My friend and I used to do that all the time. :lol 

    All you need to do is to put Arcee on Storm's lap. :p 

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