Background . . .
|I have been building model
kits since the very early 1960's and like many modellers, I often
looked for a way of using the years of modelling skills to
generate a little extra cash that would subsidize my hobby.
With that in mind, in early 1994, I started building models
"semi-professionally" to help pay for those models
that "I" wanted to build. Needless to say, it takes
far too much time, you get paid far too little and you never
seem to find the time to build for yourself.
|In early 2002, while
building my new 1:144 OzMods F-86 Sabre, I searched
for decals to finish it in RCAF markings to match the pedestal
mounted 441 Sqn Sabre at Kingston's Royal Military College.
Nowhere could I find RCAF Sabre decals in 1:144 scale.
However, I was painfully aware that they were readily available
in larger scales! I quickly discovered that,
with one or two exceptions, there is very little in the way of
commercial decals available for Canadian military aircraft in 1:144 scale.
|In the fall of 2002, I was
invited to join the small team of editors working on the book "Aircraft Finish & Markings RCAF
1947-1968" and again for the subsequent volumes
"Canadian Military Aircraft Finish & Markings
1968-2004" and "Royal Canadian Navy
Aircraft Finish and Markings 1944 to 1968". These comprehensive reference books
have become very highly regarded in the aircraft modelling
community and I am very proud to have been involved with them. So, with all the necessary dimensional and
historical information at my fingertips and professional
vector graphics software in my computer, I started drawing
artwork to eventual use as decals for my ever growing collection of
un-built 1:144 scale Canadian military aircraft models.
|By late 2003, I had designed
a series of four colour prints which examine the various
roundel designs used on the military aircraft flown by
Canadian servicemen (and women) starting in 1914. Incredibly,
there are 45 uniquely different designs that have been used over the
years and the four prints contain over 2,000 words of text to
explain the designs.
|In early 2005, I purchased an ALPS
printer to turn my artwork into usable decals and CanMilAir Decals
was born on June 21, 2005. Each of my decal sets provides correctly sized lettering
& markings for one Canadian aircraft model and most offer
optional aircraft numbers. This has two benefits: once you
have decided on a specific marking scheme, you won't have to
pay for a lot of decals you won't need, as you would with
large multi-scheme sheets; and it keeps your cost down.
For those without copies of
the excellent Finish & Markings books mentioned above, a sheet
containing reference aircraft photos and often a short aircraft
history is supplied for all sets as a guide for decal
placement. However, considering the amount of valuable
information contained in these books, I strongly recommended
you purchase them while they are still available.
To create the scaleable
graphics needed for quality decals, I use professional
vector-based software. All my artwork is drawn to exact 1:144
scale and printed onto high quality clear decal paper using an
Alps MD-5000 printer. Due to the nature of vector artwork,
these designs can be enlarged or reduced, to any scale,
without any loss of quality. Note that because these decals are drawn
in (and designed for) 1:144 scale, they will lack the small stencil
details found on decal sheets in larger scales. Often
these smaller elements can be found on the kit supplied decal