Details and Decals

People who have seen early attempts at 3-D modelling remember how neat, clean and artificial many early 3-D models looked. Early computer models captured the shape, accurate proportions, and often the general colour of an object, but not the fine details, and certainly not the imperfections. We minds intuitively sensed there was something not right.


 Film Models

The models earlier generations used for films were prone to the same drawback. They needed some fine detail and ‘grit’ to look realistic. Often this could be covered up with by the lower resolution of the picture, with a slightly ‘dirty’ looking model passing a casual glance. But the same principle still applied- the model couldn’t look like an architect’s diagram.


A process called ‘greebleing’ was developed for many film models of the 1970s. This was just the process of adding details to surfaces to prevent spaceships in Star Wars from looking like simple geometric shapes. The added details served no real function other than adding to the realism of the object. Our minds expect this. Real objects have both overall shapes and minor details. Models must replicate this on a very small scale.


Plastic model Decals

Plastic model decals add to the detail of their respective models. In isolation the decals are often quite simple – emblems, shapes, insignia or just isolated words. But when these simple decals are added to a larger object they are part of the accumulating detail. None of the details are complex on their own, it is the large number of simple details that give the overall impression or complexity, and hence, realism.


Waterslide decals & Inkjet decal paper

Custom decals will be made to a specific design, such as the insignia of a military vehicle or the personal logo of the creator. All the other applied details are less specific, but the overall effect creates a model that is far more convincing.


Choosing Flooring


Timber Flooring Perth

With all the options for flooring we are spoilt for choice. But it’s not all the aesthetic appeal of a certain wood and financial considerations. Rooms serve different functions, and we should plan for this.


The Room

Look the room and what it will be used for. Will it experience heavy footfall? Will it be subject to safety regulations? Will there be heating under the floorboards/ or perhaps other piping or electrical wiring.


The Overall Picture

Aesthetics look at how all the pieces of something fit together. Pieces that look attractive in isolation can clash when put together. Consider the wall colour, curtains, furnishing and everything else in the room. We need not design around the floor; we might design the rest of the room first install a floor that we know will match. Start looking at the parts of the room that are permanent, and then look at the aspects you want to keep or the objects you want to add.


Parquet flooring – structured mosaic like patterns.

Safety flooring – reduces slip problems.

Laminate – durable best of many types of wood, with no expansion problems.

Floating timber floors Perth – isolation from the subfloor. Great for sound isolation, and easy to replace.

Bamboo flooring Perth – An environmentally sound and lower cost options. Bamboo can be processed to look like many types of wood, and can be made to be quite durable.


Timber floors Perth

When choosing timber floors Perth has many fine options. Consider bamboo, engineered floors and solid timber.

Outdoor Metal

Even with the introduction of plastic and the continual use of traditional wood we still use a fair amount of metal outdoors. Metal railings, fences, backyard furniture and even the occasional sculpture are not unusual. Even with the harsh conditions outside the right metal can still be quite long lasting. It is useful to know the properties of the different materials.


Shaping Methods

Casting – Molten metal is poured into a mould, forming a (usually solid) piece.

Forging – Heated metal is hammered into shape. Rather like a traditional blacksmith.

Extrusion – Molten metal is forced though long pipes, and cools to form tubes.



Iron – Heavy and prone to rust over time. A good primer, paint or galvanizing treatment will prevent rusting, and look rather good. Cast iron tables and chairs make good outdoor furniture, with occasional repainting. Iron fences were once popular, but are replaced by wood or aluminium.

Aluminium – A light and useful metal, which is rust free under moderate conditions. It is less popular for furniture, unless you want something portable, but very popular for fences and barricades. Though it is not easily painted it can be powder coated, giving a fairly good range of colours.

Steel – This is mostly iron alloyed with some other metal and carbon. Combinations that include chromium are virtually rustproof.  These are fine materials, long lasting, but unless they are the rustproof variety they require regular painting.


Balustrade Sydney

Outdoor balustrade fences are often best made of stainless steel or powder coated steel, which is also rust resistant. Unless exposed to extreme salt or chlorine conditions these should be maintenance free.


Pool Fence Sydney

Pool fences are often made from aluminium. This is rust proof, though chlorine from pools will slowly compromise the rust resistant properties. Pool fences should be washed with warm, soapy water every few weeks.

Tradeshow list

Booths at Trade-shows.

Trade-shows and booths work well for some industries. The people that are there are there for services you provide, or something similar, so you have a fairly good demographic for your business. It’s an opportunity to get straight to interested customers.


Prepare Print Media Sydney

Have flyers and other advertising media made well beforehand. Have a custom made booth/marquee which can be re-used.

  • pull up banners Sydney
  • posters Sydney
  • stickers Sydney
  • marquees Sydney
  • T-shirts, if appropriate.

Before the show email any list of clients you have, and any other potential attendees.

Print and send out cards that offer a free item at your booth. This will give a good indication of who is paying attention to your advertising. Make sure to collect contact details on the cards.


The Booth/Marquees Sydney

Try to get a good position for a booth. The front of the show, the centre of the floor and booths on corners tend to get noticed. Booths next to eateries and restrooms get noticed too. There are many competitors there, so if you want to stand out a custom marquee can make all the difference.


Trade-shows can be expensive. We suggest preparing as well as humanly possible, and then seeing if the situation works for your company and industry. If you get some genuine connections, make some sales and get interested inquiries, continue to set up a booth at trade-shows. Else, use print media and the internet to advertise you company elsewhere.

Serious Decal Gear

We tend to think of decals as decoration. Plenty of plastic model kits had decals to fill in the intricate details. But the vehicles that those plastic models represented had details that were often far from decorative. Military marking served a purpose, denoting the nationality was just one function of markings. Even the advertising on sports cars served a purpose beyond decoration. Plastic model decals were actually reproducing real world advertisements or military markings.


Mechanical and electrical hobbies often required labelling. Even something as basic as a radio needs numbers on a dial. Hobbyists could give their projects a professional look by using custom decals.


Guitar decals are popular for customizing instruments. This sees an overlap of style and function. Frets are marked for practical reasons. This is usually an inlay rather than a decal, but decals are used too. Controls are occasionally marked, but as these are few in number they are often left unmarked. Most other instrument decals are for decorative purposes.


Effects processors for guitars and other instruments use decals for labelling controls. As these controls are slightly more complex than the volume and tone knobs of the guitar this labelling is essential. The internet has many sites dedicated to DIY projects for guitars; they appear to be popular. Custom decals for these projects is quite useful.


Inkjet decal paper allows decals to be made at home, specifically designed for any project. Style and function can be combined with ease.

Colourizing Aluminium Cladding


Part of the appeal of Aluminium is its rust proof qualities. This comes from the oxide that forms on its surface. Unfortunately, this same oxide makes aluminium difficult to paint, which is one of the metals few disadvantages. However, if processed electronically this same surface oxide can be thickened and made easier to colour, giving aluminium the best of both worlds – colour and rust resistance.


The electronic process is called anodization. It basically submerges the aluminium in an electrolytic solution, with the aluminium serving as an anode. This is similar to the process used in a battery, or the science experiment where two different metals are immersed in a piece of lemon. The chemical process that generates the electrical voltage across the metals also alters their surface; in this case the surface of the aluminium grows a thicker oxide.


The thicker oxide coating that forms on the aluminium is very porous; it is full of tiny holes about 100 Nano-meters in diameter. This series of holes allows the electrical anodization process to continue contacting the surface of the metal. It allows the metal to be coloured as dye can be used to fill this spaces in the oxide. Failure to fill these spaces allows air and moisture to contact the metal surface underneath the oxide, leaving the object prone to corrosion. As such, anodised aluminium must be either coloured or have its porous surface filled with some other protective substance.


The anodizing process is not new. It has been used on cookware and cups for several generations. Metal iPod cases are made of anodized aluminium.


Aluminium Cladding that is coloured by anodization is quite pleasant looking, and often put to great use in architecture, art, furnishings, or in sculptures.

The alternatives to curtains

Blinds can put aesthetics first, and still be highly functional. Curtains are effective, and of course you can colour coordinate them; but roller blinds can put the picture first, print whatever design you want, allowing you to design around your room’s established pattern or choose a blind to set the pattern for the rest of the room.

Roller blinds have much less trouble being blown about by the wind than curtains.
Blinds can block out light when needed and still allow circulation of the air. Keep fresh air and remove the UV that causes sunburn. Alternatively you can get a blind material that allows a certain amount of light through. Opaque blinds provide privacy, but prevent UV light from interfering with your house.
Roller blinds are super easy to clean, no washing like curtains. Blinds are much less likely to soak up any odours.

It is possible to have two blinds in the one bracket system, providing a choice of options.

Blinds can be motorised, or have a simple, low maintenance manual operation. Motorised blinds can be put on a timer, so somebody looks to be home to discourage the thieves.

When inside the bracket roller blinds take up very little space, and are almost unnoticeable.

If you change blinds between summer and winter seasons the storage and re-installation of the blind is super convenient.