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    I had a thought the other day and wondered if anyone has used temporary tattoos as train decals?

    My recollection of these from my childhood is that they are an ultra-thin film material that can be applied with water or alcohol.

    Obviously most (all?) manufactured temporary tattoos are not going to be appropriate for n-scale trains but there is also temporary tattoo paper you can buy in lots of 5 sheets for around $2 per 8.5" x 11" sheet (quite a few n-scale decals could be printed on there).

    Not sure it would have the durability of traditional decals but for graffiti or even temporary advertising 'train-wraps' it might be interesting. I guess if you clear coat it then this might be as durable as a regular decal but this would need to be tested.

    Anyway, I have no experience with decals so just wondered what folks thought...

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    Interesting idea!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    Obviously most (all?) manufactured temporary tattoos are not going to be appropriate for n-scale trains but there is also temporary tattoo paper you can buy in lots of 5 sheets for around $2 per 8.5" x 11" sheet (quite a few n-scale decals could be printed on there).
    Well, we're all here waiting on you to test your idea.

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    @RichM pointed out that you can get Microscale 8.5"x 11" sheets for just a bit more so this may not be worth it. Not sure if there is a difference in applying it (e.g., if temporary Tattoos were easier to remove might be good for temporary decals -- like advertising or even graffiti)...

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    It is worth a try.
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    I know I am sidelining y own thread but has anyone used these laser-printable decal sheets? -- https://www.ebay.com/itm/10-sheets-P...r/231268829560

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    I know I am sidelining y own thread but has anyone used these laser-printable decal sheets? -- https://www.ebay.com/itm/10-sheets-P...r/231268829560

    Not that particular water slide paper but similar. Micro-Mark I believe. It is a heavy/thick material. Not like professionally printed decals. My own experience it that it prints light on a desk jet style printer. If it aligns well, I have print twice on same sheet. Many recommend spraying a light coat of dullcoat over the top before using. I was not enthralled with my experience but others have had better results. Since printers do not print white, there is clear decal film and white decal film. Your link is to clear sheets. Also, you can get it for deskjet or laser printers. Your link is for laser. I don't have a laser printer. Have long wondered if this is a better home printing option for decals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jugtown Modeler View Post
    Your link is to clear sheets.
    Oops -- thought I linked to one with 5 white and 5 clear (I have a color laser printer at home hence the laser).

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Premium-LAS...E/231423135260

    Actually these are 11"x17" so lots more area (I would likely cut them up to print anyway).

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/10-sheets-m...7/172260115331

    I guess I could contact the manufacturers to ask about how thick the decals are...

    Also noted that there is a Microscale Liquid Film for coating DIY decals (although not as required for laser printed ones it seems).
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Microscale-...y/400883648043

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    Ok so finally got around to testing this out... Went to festival this morning and free temporary tattoos (and face painting) for the kids.

    Long story short the temporary tattoos stick quite well to plastic trains. The materials they are on is quite thin (I am not familiar with real n-scale decals but seems like it may be similar). The tattoos follow all the texture of the train pretty decently (although I picked something simple). In case you cannot tell the rainbow bear is the tattoo...

    20180609_185118 -r.jpg

    I did not do anything special for application -- just wiped the train down w/ an alcohol swab to be sure it was clean, trimmed paper around tattoo a bit so I could place it better, put tattoo on train, and brushed the back of paper with water (used a big paint brush I clean trains with) until the paper slid off the tattoo. Then brushed it a bit more to move bubbles to outside and blew on it to dry it.

    The tattoos are pretty fragile -- I brushed it a bit too much after it was dry and started to damage it a bit. That being said once they are dry they seem to hold up to a bit of touching and rubbing (not sure how they are long term so I do not recommend doing 100 of your favorite MTL cars without a bit more long-term testing).

    Anyway, given that the real decal paper is similar price to the temporary tattoo paper I am not sure there would be any need for this. Definitely fun with kids (using existing cheap temporary tattoos) and might have a place if you want simple application using water and removing using tape. I was thinking of using to apply graffiti if you were not sure you would like it forever -- seems easier to remove than a real decal.

    20180609_185134 -r.jpg

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    That's really cool! I am wondering if sealing it with dull coat or similar would have any detrimental effects...
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    While I was going through FB this morning, I happened to see this posted there. I didn't go to the page, but saw it in a sidebar. Interesting idea...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronman View Post
    That's really cool! I am wondering if sealing it with dull coat or similar would have any detrimental effects...
    If it's completely dry, the Dullcote should actually make it more permanent, as temporary tattoos use water-soluble dye and are not meant to last.

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