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Masking a camo paint job

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  • Member since
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  • From: Pottsboro,Tx
Masking a camo paint job
Posted by Mars on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 8:53 AM

I have painted the bottom of a 1/72 B-52 white and the top green. Thats about 4 hours of masking, btw. Now it's time to put patterns of light and dark brown on top. How do you make the patterns with straight masking tape?

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 9:22 AM

Put several pieces together side by side with a little overlap.  That makes a big, wide section of tape, that can then be cut out.  Some people then cut out the pattern with a sharp knife on a piece of glass so they can get the masking tape off easily.

I bought a scalpel just for trimming masking tape- it is great for that

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Pottsboro,Tx
Posted by Mars on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 9:52 AM

Don Stauffer

Put several pieces together side by side with a little overlap.  That makes a big, wide section of tape, that can then be cut out.  Some people then cut out the pattern with a sharp knife on a piece of glass so they can get the masking tape off easily.

I bought a scalpel just for trimming masking tape- it is great for that

 

Thank you Don

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 10:09 AM

Or you could use putty. persoanlly, i use white tac, a lot of guys in the US use silly putty. Not only can get you the curves of the pattern, but it also helps in getting a soft edge.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 10:23 AM

Or, do the outline with thin flexible tape, say 2 mm. Come in behind that with a row of little overlapping 1/4" tape squares. Then infill with larger pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by laskdjn on Friday, August 04, 2017 9:46 AM

Bish

Or you could use putty. persoanlly, i use white tac, a lot of guys in the US use silly putty. Not only can get you the curves of the pattern, but it also helps in getting a soft edge.

 

I use the 3M sticky tack from office depot, works the same, and for the most part doesn't leave any unwanted residue.  Getting up the little spots of excess can be tedious sometimes, though.

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  • From: Orlando Florida
Posted by route62 on Friday, August 04, 2017 10:49 AM

If you are using the instructions sheets paint scheme, you can scan in the pages to your computer, resize to print same size as your model, print off different parts of the instructions, ie each wing, fuselage etc.

Cut out the camo patterns and using blue tack or masking tape folded on itself, stick down the patterns on each part of the model.  It is ok if the patterns do not lay flat on the surface.  When you spray, the slight rise in the pattern will create what looks to be a free hand camo spray job.

If you are worried the paper will become soaked with paint, before cutting the pattern out, tape the underside of the paper with masking tape then cut out the pattern.

If you have never done this before, practice on a junk model or plastic bottle.  When done, it will look like you free hand sprayed the camo.

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  • From: Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 6:48 AM

By far, Silly Putty is the easiest way to get the curves and the soft edge effect. A while back I bought several plastic eggs of Silly Putty at Walmart and use them for all sorts of painting patterns. What is also great about SP is once the paint dries, you peel it, ball it up and reuse it.

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