MIA Vinyl Sticker Decals
Colorful • Versatile
Applying MIA Decals is a very simple
process, but to obtain professional results, please take a moment to
read though this section.
About MIA CVRVS™
The name CVRVS stands for Colorful,
Versatile and Repositionable Vinyl Sticker, I thought this would
best describe our MIA Decals and so that is how that name was born.
I am of the opinion that there is no
right or wrong way to attach decals to a model, especially
"freestyle design" ones (for non-scale applications), so long as
their layout flows with the shape of the item they are being applied
to, looks professional and most importantly, it makes the
user-viewer happy with the end result.
For this reason, I elected to design
MIA decals with a versatile approach, so they could be used in
various applications and layouts, in a creative way, perhaps, only
limited by size of the model and user's layout preference.
Our product photos with MIA decals
are only a reference, but a person can, for instance, cut the decals
strategically to allow a wider range of layouts and aesthetical
effect possibilities, within the specific area to be applied to.
Further, both, the printed areas, as well as white unprinted vinyl
material can be used, creatively, to form other custom trimmings and
From the simplest of MIA Decal
layouts using, for instance, white or single color, thin trim
strips, on dark color canopies, which works exceptionally well on
MIA Phantom™ carbon pattern canopies, to
more colorful and complex decal layouts, using color canopies and
bodies, the end result can be very satisfying, adding that especial
finishing, custom or personal touch to a model.
About the MIA Decal Material
The thin light weight vinyl into which MIA Decals are
printed is coated with a special adhesive which allows the decals to
be repositionable, without loosing its sticky properties. You can
reposition the decal a few times and the decal will still stick to a
clean surface, but we highly recommend that repositioning be kept to
a minimum, no more than 2 times, if possible.
The thin vinyl medium also allows for the decal to be
installed easier around compound curves and crevices, by slightly
stretching it, much easier and best of all, will not tear, as a
water slide decal does, if you stretch the material to much, during
Tips on Applying MIA Decals for
Tools Required - Small
Scissors, Hobby Knife, Small Metal Ruler or Straight Edge, Cutting
Mat, Flat Table Surface, and some Soft non-coated Kleenex Tissues.
Before cutting, give some thought as
to the final layout. If you are simply applying the decals as per
our product photos, then just cut around the perimeter of each
printed area to match or product photo references.
Optionally, you can customize
further, with a bit of creativity, by studying the printed designs
and the surface to be applied to, then decide how the design layout
would best appeal to your particular taste. Remember, there is
no wrong or right way to apply freestyle design decals. Once the
decals are trimmed you can also play with the layout so long as the
backing material is not removed until final application.
Most of MIA Decals have a wider
printed border to match the same color as the canopy or scale body,
they are designed for. This is to allow the user some room for
cutting error, yet allow the cut edges to blend with the color of
the canopy or scale body. This is not a hard rule, as in some cases,
it may be desirable to allow some contrast between the decal edges
and canopy color. But if you wish to stay within the same
color as the canopy, try to trim, cleanly, in the middle
of this matching color border for best results. We try to keep the
border color of the decals as close as possible, to the canopy or
scale body color, but in some cases the colors may be slightly
different due to printer, ink variations. We use high quality
printers and our own especial light protective coating to further
protect the printed areas.
Plan twice Cut once!
Applying decals with professional
results takes a bit of planning and patience. Use a comfortable
small hobby scissors to trim around curves. While you can also
use a hobby knife, with a sharp new blade, to carefully trim around
curves, it is preferable for straight line cutting, using a metal
ruler, as a guide. But which ever way you are accustomed to and
feels more comfortable, is OK too.
Please observe safety, at all times,
when working with hobby cutting tools.
Always cut away from your body
For professional results, use a
quality cutting mat or flat stiff cardstock material, as a backing,
when doing cuts with a hobby knife. Use a clean and flat table
surface so that straight cuts are clean and precise.
Surface Preparation - In this
case, it would be the plastic vacuum-formed canopy or scale plastic
Although MIA Vinyl Decals can be applied directly to
the canopy or scale body plastic surface, without especial surface
preparation, it is recommend that the area to be applied to, be
cleaned lightly and gently with a dry soft Kleenex tissue for better
decal adhesion. Then, gently blow any light dust away from the
surface, before application of the decal. This is desirable to
remove any fingerprints and light surface dust, which may be present
during handling of the canopy or scale body. Do not use cleaning
solvents, as some will eat away some plastics. Also try not to leave
heavy fingerprints on the surface of the canopy or scale body while
preparing it for the decals. Work with clean and dry hands.
Application to Surface
To peel off the decal from the
protective backing sheet, carefully poke with the sharp tip of a
hobby knife the corner of the decal backing and lift it, it should
peel gently away from the vinyl side. Once this is started, simply
peel off the rest of the backing material. Try not to touch the
adhesive side with fingers too much.
Do not drop the backing material on
the floor and leave it there, as this material can be slippery.
Please dispose of it properly, as soon as it is removed from the
MIA Edge™ and MIA Phantom™
canopies for the E-Flite Blade 120 SR helicopter.
Apply the decal using our product
photos, at this site, as reference, or as you wish, for further
customization. The photo above, shows how the same decal, but
in different color, was trimmed around the windows area, to produce
a slight different aesthetical effect on each canopy. On the MIA
carbon pattern canopies, I like to leave the window areas open, so
that the carbon pattern shows through. This is a personal preference
and again, there is no right or wrong way, go with what appeals to
you the most and makes you happy.
If for some reason you missed the
target area, at first, simply lift off the decal, using the tip of a
hobby knife under a sharp decal corner and your thumb over the
printed surface, pull off gently and re-apply carefully and slowly,
starting at one corner and working your way gently through the rest
of the decal area. Do not rub
off hard on the printed surface.
If required, use gentle blotting action with fingertips,
to flatten the decal on the surface. Also, it helps, greatly, to
plan the cuts and layout, earlier, so not to have to cut the decals,
once they are peeled from their protective backing material, as this
make cutting them, clean, very challenging.
Applying MIA Decals around curved
Although it is easier to apply thin
strips around curves by slightly stretching the material around the
curve area, in small increments, this is ideal for window frame
trimmings such as on the MIA S300 and MD500 scale body windows and
thin long decorative trims on the body sides or boom section, wider
decal areas will also conform to curved surfaces by slightly tugging
the vinyl material around them and working to form around the decal
area gently. Some examples are shown below and throughout this page.
Custom MIA MD500E on a Walkera CB-100 Helicopter -
Photo Courtesy of MIA Micro-FLIGHT Customer
Custom MIA MD500Es on E-Flite mSR Helicopters
- Photo Courtesy of MIA Micro-FLIGHT Customer
Simple Custom MIA Retro Canopy and Fin on a Hirobo
Quark SRB Helicopter - Photo Courtesy of MIA Micro-FLIGHT Customer
Additional Examples of MIA Decals applied to various
helicopter canopies and bodies.