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Painted Photo Etch Flags

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  • Member since
    December 2020
Painted Photo Etch Flags
Posted by Archimedes on Friday, May 27, 2022 10:04 PM

I purchased the Eduard painted metal flag set for a 1/350 German Battleship.

I assumed instructions would be included showing how to appy them.  In particular, how to deform the metal of the larger flags so they would look realistic when fixed to the flagpole.

Unfortunately that wasn't the case, and google and yourtube searches turned up nothing either.

Does anyone have any good references on techniques for making painted metal flags look realistic?

Thank you!


  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Saturday, May 28, 2022 7:09 AM

Eduard'a PE is a bit robust and is often a bit difficult to pull this off, but this is what I do with sheet lead flags:

lay 3 or 4 straight pins on the table

place flag over pins so that the wave wrinkles appear as desired

Place 3 or 4 more pins over the flag so that they fall between the under pins

press down so the pins make a corrugated wave

adjust as necessary

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, May 28, 2022 8:48 AM

I just submitted one of those new short writeups (forget what they are called) about making flags to FSM.  Have no idea if they will accept it.  It is for making flags from paper, not PE.

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, May 28, 2022 1:22 PM

My approach is similar to EdGrune's...I lay the part on one of those flat red rubber erasers, and use pin-nails to 'roll' the desired curves into the flag. Go gently...the prepainted finish tends to want to flake off if you get too vigorous.


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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, May 30, 2022 2:38 PM

Hi Mark!

       What I do with those is this. If its at sea and doing say Eighteen knots is I shape them over pins in a confused pattern. If she's (the Ship) at rest, I use Bamboo skewers and shape over that .For the shaping part on the top I use one of those chisel shaped Pencil replacement erasers. I push gently and it doesnt cause the paint to chip.Then I put a coat of flat Paint on a brush(Not much now) and they hold up well.


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