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  • Member since
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  • From: Chicago, USA
Need help with masking
Posted by MonsterZero on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 10:50 AM

What kind of masks would you use to airbrush this type of camouflage because this is a bit more elaborate than the patterns I've done in the past.

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 11:08 AM

Personally I'd use Silly Putty. I've used it on complex Japanese and French Second World War camo schemes and it seems to work pretty well. There's a brand made esp for masking stuff like this, I think it's called 'Panzer Putty', haven't tried it though. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 11:27 AM

I second the use of Silly Putty. It can be used for any kind of edge the builder wants. It can also be used to mask off wheel hubs for a great edge for tires.  The builder can create the straightest of edges or feathered edges. It is reusable, and it is much cheaper than commercial masks. It is great!

Bill Morrison

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 12:24 PM

The illustration seems to show hard edges on the segments. If that's correct, I'd blow up/reduce the drawings to matching scale, and cut masks from Tamiya tape.

Laborious, I'll grant you...but that's probably to be expected taking on such a scheme to start with.

Cheers

Greg

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  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 6:27 PM

I've seen these masks (and have a set for a King Tiger in the stash)-looks like they have two sets for T55's-found these-

https://www.microworldgamesllc.com/product.sc?productId=9795&categoryId=-1

I ordered mine from Lucky Model but there appears to be several domestic suppliers.

I've used Silly Putty on several projects-good choice if you chose not to go with the taping or mask options.

Bob

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 4:34 PM

Internationally, Silly Putty might be hard to source.  In that case, the blue or white "poster tack" (aka "blu-tak") can work as you can mash it to a reasonably fine edge and still remove it.

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, September 22, 2022 2:05 PM

There is also a brand of commercial masks called "J's Work" that are excellent.  You could source them online.

Bill

  • Member since
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  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Thursday, September 22, 2022 4:42 PM

warshipguy

There is also a brand of commercial masks called "J's Work" that are excellent.  You couls source them online.

Bill

 

Thanks Bill-I realize that I didn't mention the name of the mask company in my earlier post...anyway, below is a link for the T-55 masks from a domestic source.

https://www.microworldgamesllc.com/product.sc?productId=9795&categoryId=-1

 

Bob

 

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Sunday, September 25, 2022 7:57 PM

I like to get mine from www.bnamodelworld.com in Australia.  For some reason they cost less and shipping is cheaper and faster.  For example, I use Fruil Model tracks. BNA sells them for as much as $20.00 to $30.00 cheaper than American and European sources. Granted, it doesn't matter much in the case of masks but many are available.

Bill Morrison

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