thank you for the tip Leo, i did try the aaluminum foil idea and it was the closest i have been able to use to properly use the flags, but i have to say that i notice there are not many images in the gallery of ships flying signal flags, only the american or country of origin, i assume because 1;700 destroyer flags are so small, and the smaller the ship or boat is like a PBR or a PT , something smaller compared to a 1:700 carrier or battleship where the ship is larger as its supposed to be in real life, i am out of flags, hull number 8's all tore apart, and this is on one ship, no american flags left, but i do have new sheets coming, and this is my first build, i did not paint the foil ( or prime ) with white before attempt to adhere to the foil but i will thank you. the flags have a mind of their own, i just follow them around with anything i can use that wont pick them up off the foil , or off the ship, seems they always want to go any other shape or location they want other than the way i want, and after following around attemoting to put flags in the right shape and location they are smaller from being tore apart, then im left with pieces of flag to try to put together THEN place that in the right place, and when wet they slide around, when dry they flake off , but im rambling, a friend told me the other day " welcome to modeling just have patience and your starting with the smallest scale" and im also starting with the smallest class ship, but it can be fun when i get a flag in place . i like the idea of adding color to the ship other than life rafts and extinguishers or red life preservers, welding tanks, but the main reason is i like to make the ship official and exact, but mine is far from it if you add in the fact im putting " wire" and AA guns in wrong places , the guns dont matter as they get broke off working with other items close to them, hell even far away on the other end of ship i can break off a barrel on the opposite end,
Can't answer for the person you are addressing, but I fold national, and signal flag decals over a piece of aluminum foil then trim. My preference is to use white primer on the foil first as I believe it improves adhesion of the decals. The flags can then be bent and folded like they are waving in the wind, etc. Since they are stiffer with the foil they are easier to glue to signal lines, halyards, etc. Works equally well in any scale.
hello, may i ask you how you were able to do such a wonderful job on your signal flags, mine are giving me problem, wont fold in half properly, tearing apart, i havent even tried to fold the flag around a wire yet, i cant get that far so i just adhere the whole folded ripped apart flag to the " wire " , so on one side the wire is visible on the flag looking terrible, great work on the destroyer, its beautiful