Custom Dry Transfers Make RV Aircraft Instrument Panels One-of-a-Kind

Custom dry transfers decals for instument panels on kitplanes and custom aircraft.

Instrument panels of RV kitplanes are one of the latest and most interesting uses for custom rub-on lettering. If you’re working on a home-built aircraft take a look at the results achieved by Otis Holt on his under-construction RV-7A from Van’s Aircraft.

The professional-looking results and a wide variety of uses for custom dry transfers have never been more apparent than on the instrument panel for Otis Holt’s homebuilt RV airplane. Seeking both clarity and a unique look, Otis undertook a careful process to develop graphics for his panel in the form of dry-transfer labels for each of the aircraft controls. He was able to use precisely the type font of his choice, select a color that best complemented the background and ended up with a sensational looking panel that gives his experimental homebuilt plane a unique appearance. It is both personal to him and professional in its appearance. Among the hobby-related uses for custom rub-on transfers, this is one of the most excellent looking and useful in recent memory.

Custom decals for instrument panels. The RV 7A Kitplane from Van's Aircraft

The RV 7A Kitplane from Van’s Aircraft

If the story of Otis’ airplane instrument panel has caught your attention and you’ve not yet heard about homebuilt airplanes, they are available as kits from Van’s Aircraft of Aurora, OR. Van’s offers support and information which it says allows anyone to build an experimental plane of their own. Seeking ways to customize their aircraft, many builders explore a range of options including dry transfer decals as they work their way through the process of building to completion. At Image Transfers, producing rub-on transfers for the electronics industry has become a common and repeat business. Therefore, extending to a kitplane instrument panel was a natural progression. As we do with any client who asks for help, we were able to advise Otis from beginning to end so that he was able to achieve exactly the look he envisioned.

Rub-On Transfers Adhere Neatly in Any Space, Even Tight Ones

Custom decal labels for an airplane instument dashboard. Dry transfers for instument panels.

No matter what your project is nor the surface you’re adhering to – plastic, wood, or metal – custom dry transfers produce professional-looking results, even in tight spaces. They are applied directly to the surface using a burnishing tool supplied with every order. It means you can get into small spots with accuracy and precision. Also, because you provide the graphics file for production, the custom transfer lettering is sized exactly as you specify and there are no surprises when your completed transfer arrives for application. No matter the color, edges are crisp and clear because no transfer media remains on the final surface. This benefit is a significant advantage over water-slide decals. In situations where only a flawless appearance will do, you won’t need to worry about the final outcome.

Long the choice of industrial designers for product prototyping, dry transfers are gaining increasing use among hobbyists for a variety of projects. For lettering, they are the modern replacement for the former Letraset product and are offered in any Pantone color. Metallic and foil options are also available for more decorative projects. Because the transfer is rubbed on to any surface directly, you can place it precisely before applying it with the burnishing tool. If you want a permanent application, as Otis did in the case of his RV aircraft instrument panel, you just apply a top coat of clear lacquer to seal things in place with finality.

Dry Transfer Decals Look Perfect Even Up Close

Close up view of the custom decals that were made for the RV-7A kitplane by Van's Aircraft

Even in photographs under bright lights, transfer decals have the perfect appearance of a final manufactured product. You can take a magnifying glass to the details, and you’ll view a neat, crisp look. It’s why our product continues to be the first choice of so many design professionals who need excellent results. Also, as Otis learned because he required many individual elements for his panel, you can develop your content file in a way that gangs-up large groups of smaller items on a single sheet, therefore producing a higher volume of custom dry transfers for a low cost. At Image Transfers, we offer standard 8.5 x 11-inch sheets, and for a modest additional charge, you can upsize to an 11 x 14 inch or tabloid-size. There’s no loss of quality with ganged-up content which can be cut apart easily before application.

Working with clients on new applications for rub-on transfers always is a process we look forward to – and now can demonstrate the successful use of our products in RV kitplanes along with so many other applications. If your project has a tight deadline, our turnaround can be as fast as 24 to 48 hours, and because you transmit the content file to us, you’ll receive back exactly what you ordered. Image Transfers is a leader in custom dry transfers for any application, hobby or professional, on plastic, metal, and wood. We always are available to advise first-time users like Otis and can easily make suggestions that not only will make your project run more smoothly but also help you arrive at a perfect finished product.

Thank you Otis for all the wonderful photos of your project.

Image Transfers are custom dry rub-on transfer specialists. We make only one thing: custom rub down transfers for graphic designers, artists, and model-makers. A dry transfer (or rubdown) is an image printed on a translucent sheet. The image has a coating of adhesive on its back. The image is transferred from the translucent sheet onto another surface by applying light pressure in a rubbing motion. The dry transfer can be applied to any surface that is free of dust, grease or oil. Dry transfers are referred to as DRY because they are applied dry, without the use of water or solvents. A dry transfer is not a slip-off label or a water decal, instead, the transferred image appears as if it was printed directly onto the item. Our dry transfers are opaque because we back the colors with white, so our rubdowns can be applied to a surface of any color without changing the color of the rub-on transfer. We consider dry transfers a semi-permanent application. A top coat of clear lacquer can make them more permanent. Our production artists can match all Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors including Metallic. Standard transfers are semi-gloss but we also offer matte and uncoated finishes. We deliver within as little as 24 hours. -- Specialties: Custom Rub Down Dry Transfers, Art Gallery Signage & Museum Labels, Custom Transfers for Product Prototypes, Comps & Mock-ups, Dry Transfers for Scale Models. Decals for Glass and reversed transfer decals for inside glass cases.

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