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How would you paint transparent instrument panel?

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    July, 2003
  • From: Chicago, USA
How would you paint transparent instrument panel?
Posted by MonsterZero on Friday, April 14, 2017 9:53 AM

This is a 1/72 scale model so everything is tiny. It will be a challenge. So I'm thinking about painting the front of the panel with the panel color. Then use a toothpic moistened in mineral spirits to remove the paint from the gauges, thus making them clear. Then apply the decal "instrument faces" to the back. But boy, this will be tricky at this scale. I will need my magnifying visor.


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    January, 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, April 14, 2017 2:58 PM

Is the front of the ip flat or are the gage faces recessed a little?

i was thinking if it was recessed you could tape over the whole thing then burnish the edges of the tape to "cut" it. Then remove the tape from the ip leaving the pieces behind over the gages. Paint away if that works.

On the bench - 1/48 Revell PT-17, and a 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build.

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    January, 2015
Posted by GreenStyrene48 on Friday, April 14, 2017 2:59 PM

I've had success putting drops of white glue on the dials as a mask, then applying the decal to the back, before painting. Can't possibly take any more time than trying to dissolve the paint off!

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, April 14, 2017 5:49 PM

Now there is a nicer idea. Or you could use liquid mask or simple rubber cement in each dial lens... thanks for the idea guys! I have a few kits with that style of IP.

I was going to suggest using an ultra fine tip paint pen, like the type sold to detail Gundams.


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Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:39 AM

I've used liquid mask in the past. Worked great.



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