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A Couple of Ideas.....

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  • Member since
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  • From: Brisbane Australia
A Couple of Ideas.....
Posted by ChrisJH666 on Thursday, September 06, 2018 6:48 AM

Whilst working on my Boomerang I had a couple of ideas to make life a little easier. Many modellers here may well have come up with something similar, but just in case there are one or two guys who might think them useful, here goes.

I wanted to work on the underside of the plane, but didn't want to break off the mirror doing so, so I folded up the cardboard support in the photo. Cutting the recesses in the top edges means the wings cannot slide off accidentally when working.

I have seen a number of models on here where modellers have masked off radial engines using bits of tape, Which clearly works for them, but I felt was a bit fiddly with uncertain results for me. Instead I cut a circle of paper, and then made a cut from the edge to the centre, which allowed me to turn it into a cone. I inserted it into the cowling, and once it had expanded just popped a bit of tape on the join.

Like I say, hope someone finds this of some use.


In the queue: 1/48 Beech Staggerwing (RAAF), P38 (RAAF), Vultee Vengeance (RAAF), Spitfire Vb (Malta), Spitfire VIII x2 (RAAF), P39 x2 (RAAF), Martin Baltimore (Malta?), Martin Maryland (Malta), Typhoon NF1b, Hellcat x2 (FAA)



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  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Thursday, September 06, 2018 7:13 AM

Oooo, I love the cone idea.  have to try that on my current japanese plane.


On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/72 Swift

1/72 B-58, 1/144 B-47

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    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, September 06, 2018 7:34 AM

I like the cone idea too!



 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I


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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, September 06, 2018 8:32 AM

Yep, that is the way I handle big round engines.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, September 06, 2018 9:03 AM

That's how I painted the last two Kingfishers. I cut out a circle of paper and inserted it into the cowling, presto! It works great.


On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/72 Meng F-102A Case XX

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   Shelf of doom for now.....

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining



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Posted by Sandbox on Thursday, September 06, 2018 9:41 AM

Neat idea and good description and photo.

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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, September 06, 2018 10:36 AM

Aha !

   I just recently started building 1/144 passenger aircraft with those weird engines that require that spinny thingy in the center of each cowl . LOL.LOL.

Really , I am trying to build a model of each piston engine powered airliner I've ever flown in . That cone just solved a lot of problems . Thank You ! T.B.

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, September 06, 2018 11:44 AM

First I'd heard of that paper cone mask.

Very neat trick, thank you.


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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, September 06, 2018 11:46 AM

Yes it sure is. I use wet kleenex, but this seems a lot easier.


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