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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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