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Any trick for tiles?

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    August 2012
Any trick for tiles?
Posted by JMorgan on Sunday, April 19, 2020 11:13 PM

Is there a way to replicate shuttle tiles? I have tried spraying through screen but can seem to get it butted up against the surface to work.

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, April 19, 2020 11:41 PM

The relief detail isn’t molded into the kit surface?


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    July 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Monday, April 20, 2020 6:19 PM

I personally have not tried this, but I have heard that if you stretch a pair of pantyhose over the area to be painted then paint over the pantyhose, you will get a tile like look


Please test on something first ....  I may be forgetting something...

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  • From: North Carolina, USA
Posted by Model Monkey on Monday, April 20, 2020 11:16 PM

There are tile decals available in 1/72, 1/100 and 1/144 scale that look very convincing. 

They can usually be found on eBay for a reasonable amount.  Here's a link to a set in 1/144 scale:

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    September 2015
Posted by Silly_me on Friday, July 31, 2020 10:10 AM

I found a build by Phil Smith on super detailing the 1/72 orbiter, he used styrene sheets, scored them, then cut them to replicate tiles.  I did this and it came out fantastic.  He also used medical tape to simulate the thermal blankets, and I stole that idea as well :D


I can't find his original webpage, but a google search can provide you with some info and some that followed his lead.


Found a link to Phil's article, it is now on yumpu (is that like the way back machine?)

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Posted by danburnsart on Saturday, November 14, 2020 6:44 AM
In most scales I dont think the relief texture of the tiles would show through. Maaaybe in 72nd. I'm working on a 1/144 and I think that even the slight texture of the decals is overdoing it a bit, but I do think they are the best bet. One could even paint on top of the decals to show streaking, etc. I saw Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy Center and the tiled surface is surprisingly smooth. What poses a bigger challenge to me is the blankets. They have a very distinct texture and pattern but again, replicating in 1/144 is difficult. In 72nd I've considered things like medical tape, but at this time I have no plans to build a 1/72 scale orbiter.

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