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  • From: New Kent VA, USA
Masking Canopies?
Posted by JJFlyer on Thursday, June 07, 2018 4:26 PM

Hello,

I have been working on an SBD Dauntless for a while now and it's time to airbrush. Any ideas on how to mask the canopy? I have scotch tape and painter's tape for household use.

Thanks,

Jamie

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, June 07, 2018 4:39 PM
There's a short tutorial article in the How-to section of the FSM website. If you use tape, get some Tamiya brand from your hobby shop or Hobby Lobby. Painter's tape is way too thick.
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Posted by tomwatkins45 on Thursday, June 07, 2018 7:09 PM

If there is an Eduard mask set for your particular kit, I recommend them highly. They make the process much easier. If you're going to use tape, get Tamiya tape. It's extremely good tape. Use a brand new blade in your knife.

Tom

 

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Posted by ridleusmc on Thursday, June 07, 2018 8:32 PM

Tamiya tape is the best for canopies.  It has a gentler tack than standard masking tape.  It's easier on your finish. 

You can see where to cut the tape by shining a brought light through the canopy.  Someone on FB posted a picture of their canopy with tape applied, and you could see the frame perfectly with the light of an LED shining through it.  The canopy was resting on an LED light like this.  

https://www.harborfreight.com/household/lighting/144-lumen-led-portable-worklightflashlight-63601.html

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, June 07, 2018 8:51 PM

I second that to buy Eduard canopy masks. You can find them in any hobby online store such as Squadron, Sprue Brothers, etc...

You will find them much easier to use than masking your own using Tamiya tape. Whatever you do, DO NOT use scotch tape!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, June 08, 2018 12:48 AM

The eduard canopy masks are great.  When I can't find them, I too use tamiya tape and a brand new exacto blade to trim. 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Eagle90 on Friday, June 08, 2018 5:49 AM

I'd have to third or forth the masking set process.  There will be kits you can't get pre cut mask sets for (and you will need some Tamiya tape then...buy different sizes too)....but if you can get one...GET IT!  It will save you a massive amount of time and stress.  LOL!  

 

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Friday, June 08, 2018 5:59 AM

I second (third, fourth?) the Eduard masks, worth every penny. Bare Metal Foil https://www.bare-metal.com/bare-metal-foil.html also works great for masking canopies. I use it more often than Tamiya tape. 

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  • From: New Kent VA, USA
Posted by JJFlyer on Friday, June 08, 2018 7:03 AM

am going to get some Tamiya tape, thanks for the help!

Jamie

current projects:

1/48 Revell bf109 g10

1/144 Revell Apollo Saturn V 

on deck:

unknown scale Revell sr-71 blackbird

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  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Friday, June 08, 2018 7:04 AM

I found this tape is almost a dead ringer for the tamiya yellow tape.  I use it to mask all my canopies now and tape everything else,  never pulled up paint either.  about $6 a roll and you get 120 feet!

John

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Posted by JJFlyer on Friday, June 08, 2018 7:55 AM

falconmod

I found this tape is almost a dead ringer for the tamiya yellow tape.  I use it to mask all my canopies now and tape everything else,  never pulled up paint either.  about $6 a roll and you get 120 feet!

John

 

where do you buy it? 

I can only find it for ten dollars at lowes and ace.

current projects:

1/48 Revell bf109 g10

1/144 Revell Apollo Saturn V 

on deck:

unknown scale Revell sr-71 blackbird

  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Friday, June 08, 2018 9:45 AM

Menards and home depot,  wal-mart used to carry it but I can only find the green frog tape.  I'm not real position on the price I quoted but I know for the standard 3/4 inch it's like $7.

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/72 PZL-23

1/72 LS Dinah III, Monogram 1/72 EF-111

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  • From: New Kent VA, USA
Posted by JJFlyer on Friday, June 08, 2018 9:56 AM

Thanks

Jamie

current projects:

1/48 Revell bf109 g10

1/144 Revell Apollo Saturn V 

on deck:

unknown scale Revell sr-71 blackbird

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    November, 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, June 08, 2018 10:15 AM

Sure Tape at Sherwin Williams seems to be like Tamiya tape also.

Ditto on Eduard or Montex pre cut masks. They will save you a ton of work and well worth every penny.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, June 08, 2018 10:56 AM

JJFlyer

 

 
falconmod

I found this tape is almost a dead ringer for the tamiya yellow tape.  I use it to mask all my canopies now and tape everything else,  never pulled up paint either.  about $6 a roll and you get 120 feet!

John

 

 

 

where do you buy it? 

I can only find it for ten dollars at lowes and ace.

 

 

I got mine at Walmart not too long ago for less than $10.

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    August, 2017
Posted by laskdjn on Saturday, June 09, 2018 2:21 PM

I use parafilm to mask canopies

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