Are Diecast plane liveries hand painted on to the model or printed on always been interested how it works


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I have a few early decaled Aeroclassics, they're not bad but not a patch on modern tampo printing. Another feature of those early molds was an unsightly Philips headed screw on the underside holding the wing section on.


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Those Gen One Aeroclassics are super fascinating, with the screw in the belly and some of the decaled ones too. I would love to find one.
I have a couple, found them at model fairs. They show up from time to time. I have a US Air BAC 1-11 and a Continental Baby 9, among the first of these to be pad-printed when AC moved to China in 2001. These early ‘spun cast’ moulds were made in England I believe, when AC first started.