This is the first product from DXM we’ve seen here at Model Builder International, and the first thing I notice is that the decals were printed by Cartograph, so we’re pretty much assured a good product. So, let’s dig a little deep and see what we see.
DXM stands for Double Excellent Models and are based in Taiwan. On their website it states “We are all modelers who got model addiction. We set up DXM Workshop to design decals and detailing part of scale model. DXM Workshop is pleased to offer wholesale pricing to dealers or resellers. Please contact us.”
The bag contains decals for a single 1/72 aircraft:
- French EC/5 330 Mirage 2000D Tigermeet 2010
The decals arrive in a self sealing plastic bag, with a tab at the top for hanging the bag on a sales rack in a store. The top folds over the bottom of the bag and has a sticky stripe on it to seal it. I found that the sticky stripe tends to stick to everything so I put a piece of tape over it and sealed the bag with a second, smaller, piece of tape. Inside the bag is:
- A single A4/Letter sized, double sided, colour set of instructions
- Main decal sheet
- Smaller decal sheet with item #55 in it.
The instruction sheet uses one half of one side for the cover. The you turn over and see top and bottom colour views of the aircraft with placement markings for the aircraft stencils and the decals specific to the Tigermeet. Colours for the aircraft are given in Mr. Color and Humbrol. It also makes it clear that you should apply the stencils before you do the Tigermeet decals. There’s also a top view of the underwing fuel tanks with their Tigermeet colour scheme. When you turn to the back of the instructions you see a port and starboard views of the aircraft, again with the common stencils and Tigermeet decals marked out for you. Again the colours are given in the Mr. Color and Humbrol ranges.
The decals themselves are by Cartograph, so the quality of obviously very good. The amount of extra carrier film seems to be almost non existent in places. The decals themselves seem very thin, in register and the colours seem good too. All in all, everything we have come to expect from Cartograph.
I’m a little confused by decals #55, a spare “NTM 2010” decal that comes on a separate sheet, but isn’t mentioned on the instructions or the website. I can’t see why it is included, but a spare is always welcome.:)
Update: DXM tell me that #55 is the replacement for the right hand (starboard) decal. They printed 2 x #2 and apparently there’s a slight difference between the left and right decals – I can’t see it myself, but kudos for noticing the difference and adding an updated decal!
All in all it’s a very good product of a colourful subject – Tigermeet decals never go out of fashion or popularity – or is that just me?
Paul Tosney – Model Builder International – www.modelbuilderinternational.com