I have resurrected this hobby from the days when they were called 'decals' by Revell (i.e. US manufacturers) and 'transfers' by Airfix (i.e. UK manufacturers). I read about the recent barn-find of a rare pre-war Bugatti whose 'odometer reading' was only 29000 according to the BBC. I thought the instrument was a 'milometer' over here. Should I just resign myself to a belly-up acceptance of American terminology or is there anyone else who thinks a little British squeak in favour of 'transfers' should be heard?
Oh Kev ... just like me, be prepared to sit down with a cup of cocoa and watch the world change. I have to admit that I use the word 'Decal' for those water slide thingies and have done so for as long as I can remember, although back in my mind (many moons ago) I'm sure they were called transfers when kits came in bags. As for the mileometer / odometer debate, well, who really cares, that bar of numbers on the speedo (no, not those swimming thingies, they're trunks, but an elephant has those? ... think about it ...) is, so I'm reliably informed, called an odometer.
When you're ready for that sip of cocoa, give us a shout ...
I went down to me stash and dug out an old Airfix Bristol Bulldog box. "This'll show 'em", I thought. Looked over the instructions for the heart-warming word, 'transfers'..........and found - "DECALS"! Betrayed!!
As far as I can recal it was only ever Frog and Airfix who used the term "transfers". I have always know of them as decals.
Decals first made as an appearance in about 1750 for use in ceramics (Wedgewood I think) and was invented in England by a Frenchman, Simon François Ravenet, although they were not waterslide type until later. Ravenet called the process "Decalcomania". See History of Decals.
As far as I'm aware, the only thing with an 'Ejector' Seat is a certain well known Secret Agents' Aston Martin!
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"Accurize" is a good word, so is "Stabilator" and "Polymorphic" is even better. As I understand it there is currently a "transfer window" on so does that mean that the "Decal Bank" is giving away - well - free "transfers"?
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