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1/72 Academy F-86F canopy frame painting

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  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
1/72 Academy F-86F canopy frame painting
Posted by Bobstamp on Thursday, July 30, 2020 4:48 PM

I'm about half way through completing my 1/72 Academy F-86F model. Things went well at first, but now I'm stuck. The problem is the canopy.

Unlike every other model I've ever bought, the raised frame iines for the canopy are molded not on the outside of the canopy, but inside! And Academy thinks that's going to be easy to paint?!

With every other problem I've encountered with models, the solution comes after some one-to-one brainstorming with myself, or from reading posts here at FineScale. Now, I'm stumped. I haven't found any after-market canopies for this model, and darned if I can come up with any strategy that seems useful. I would never be happy with the model if I can't somehow add frame lines, including the oval windscreen at the from of the canopy. Any suggestions, short of opening a bottle of Crown Royal whiskey?

Bob

On the bench: Italeri 1/72 UH-34 Seahorse helicopter; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre; Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962.

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, July 30, 2020 4:56 PM

I think the kit is a re-box of a Hobby Craft one. Eduard did a mask set for it, CX 155. If you can find it, that would help.

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, July 30, 2020 5:10 PM

I would try the very thin Tamiya plastic tape that bends really nice on curves. I would use iso alcohol to wipe the canopy then try following the frame lines on the outside with the tape. Then use liquid mask for the rest. It's tedious but any time you tape up a canopy is a pita.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Thursday, July 30, 2020 5:44 PM

To make the frame itself on the outside of the canopy, maybe you can cut some copper foil tape to the right width?  That might be too thick, since I think the thinnest stuff is 1.5 mils thick.  Maybe some bare metal foil?  I used a patch of that to create the access panel for the BLOS antenna on the F-16CJ I'm building...came out looking decent after I painted it.  Its the panel just behind the antenna on the front of the base of the tail.  Stands just far enough above the surface to let you know there's something there.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:49 PM

If your F-86 is done in NMF  as most are, I used real metal duct tape found in any D>I>Y> store. I cut the tape in the proper tiny width and simply applied it to the canopy and done.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posted by Bobstamp on Thursday, July 30, 2020 8:22 PM

Jay Jay

If your F-86 is done in NMF  as most are, I used real metal duct tape found in any D>I>Y> store. I cut the tape in the proper tiny width and simply applied it to the canopy and done.

 

 
Thanks for the tip, but I can't imagine cutting NMF in such small, narrow strips, especially the curved strips that would be required for the windscreen.
 
Bob

On the bench: Italeri 1/72 UH-34 Seahorse helicopter; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre; Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Saturday, August 1, 2020 5:38 PM

I'm 72   if I did it, you can too Big Smile

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Sunday, August 2, 2020 3:53 AM

Jay Jay is right.  It's very doable.  I use a steel straight edge and a sharp x-acto knife.

I have used this on a couple of builds, and one of the materials I use is clear decal paper.  It's very thin, and for painted framing you can spray the decal paper the proper color, coat it with dull-coat or decal bonder and then cut strips out to apply as framing.  It works, and the paint adheres very well to the decal paper even after soaking in water.

One other material I've experimented with is vinyl tape.  It's very flexible, and you can apply it in strips as the other.  You will have to paint it afterwards, however.

Anyway, good luck with whatever method you use!

Gary

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, August 2, 2020 6:38 AM

Jay Jay

If your F-86 is done in NMF  as most are, I used real metal duct tape found in any D>I>Y> store. I cut the tape in the proper tiny width and simply applied it to the canopy and done.

 

 

You xcan make decal strips from decal paper.  Spray aluminum paint over a piece of blank decal paper.  It is easy to cut the paper into thin strips.  I know several folks who mask canopies that way.  The main stripes you need to do this way are the big arch and the two front stripes.  Painting around the base is pretty easy- just use paint here.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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