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Chris Walby09/02/2017 22:40:34
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I have a 68 inch balsa model that needs a two colour camouflage scheme, could any of you chaps enlighten me as to how I can easily mask the gentle curves of the pattern for spray painting?

Thanks for your time

stu knowles09/02/2017 22:46:01
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Look up soft edge foam masking tape on ebay, or call at a car refinishers nearby. One box will be a lifetime supply

Martin Harris09/02/2017 23:02:15
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Have a chat with Mick E and Phil at the club - they have both sprayed camouflage jobs recently. I think Mick favours pencil marking and airbrushing freehand to avoid leaving a ridge...

Jon - Laser Engines09/02/2017 23:28:53
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i tend to just eyeball it. the only hard bit is the joints of the wing and fus but its nothing a quick touch up wont sort out

Martin Harris10/02/2017 00:01:44
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Certainly easier with a pattern like this...

Edited By Martin Harris on 10/02/2017 00:06:43

Peter Miller10/02/2017 08:50:51
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The dodge used to be that you cut the shapes from card and held them a little bit above the surface so that the spray could just go under the edge for that soft border

pete taylor10/02/2017 09:06:54
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+1 for freehand airbrushing and another +1 for the elevated card method. Both work well.

Attached picture is the result of the airbrushupper surface.jpg method and needs a clear matt coat to even out the colours.

Jim Carss10/02/2017 10:44:31
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Freehand,good luck and guess work

Denis Watkins10/02/2017 10:49:57
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Wow, Jim, WOW

Jim Carss10/02/2017 11:10:18
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wink 2

Chris Walby10/02/2017 11:46:28
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Thanks guys, free hand looks like the way to go although I think I'll have some fuzzy lines to start with so the underside first for me!

Jim....I live in awe, how you get those invasion strips so straight free hand I'll never know laugh

Edited By Chris Walby on 10/02/2017 11:53:46

ASH.10/02/2017 11:48:05
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Does anyone have any tips on how to soften hard edges once painted without overspraying etc.

Thanks.

Charles Galloway10/02/2017 11:48:56
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Do you chaps spray the whole model with one colour first and then overspray the second colour, or spray each area as patches? Does giving a second coat cause any problems?

Martin Harris10/02/2017 12:05:23
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Posted by Chris Walby on 10/02/2017 11:46:28:

Thanks guys, free hand looks like the way to go although I think I'll have some fuzzy lines to start with so the underside first for me!

Jim....I live in awe, how you get those invasion strips so straight free hand I'll never know laugh

Edited By Chris Walby on 10/02/2017 11:53:46

For authenticity, nice sharp and straight lines may not be correct! Existing aircraft in service had them painted on "overnight" with brushes and, I believe, minimal, if any masking...

Jim Carss10/02/2017 12:11:24
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Chris

The camo. is freehand,stripes were masked with sellotape after camo. paint had dried.

Charles

Your first sentence has it right,base colour first then 2nd. colour,no probs. with paint as long as its the same type.

Keith Sharples10/02/2017 14:46:18
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Chris.

I just winged (literally) it with an air brush, practice on some paper first to get the hang of it. Random pattern, base colour first (the lighter colour) then when dry the darker colour as pattern. I didn't mask anything as an air brush is low pressure

All the best Keith

Stuart Z20/07/2017 07:35:07
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Posted by pete taylor on 10/02/2017 09:06:54:

+1 for freehand airbrushing and another +1 for the elevated card method. Both work well.

Attached picture is the result of the airbrushupper surface.jpg method and needs a clear matt coat to even out the colours.

Pete,

Can I ask what paint you used?

Thanks

S

Denis Watkins20/07/2017 09:04:30
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For airbrushing Stuart, you will read time and time again to spray with the "consistency of milk"

You have bought spectrum enamel, which needs enamel thinners to spray.

Airfix had similar enamel, and now acrylic colours.

Google Vallejo paints, that wargamers use, and suitable thinners

Then there is car paint of the cellulose variety which offers countless mixes.

For IC, you need fuel proofing, which spectrum is, but other paints can be made fuel proof by finishing with varnish.

Let everything dry between stages, at least overnight, but volatile substances, like your enamel, does dry quickly

Stuart Z20/07/2017 09:10:28
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Denis

Thanks for the input - this is very valuable info!

S

pete taylor20/07/2017 09:18:37
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I use Tamiya acrylics mainly with good results. They're available in matching rattle cans too for large areas which makes life a lot easier.

For large-area masking i use either newspaper or brown parcel paper tacked into place using 3M Spray Mount, then add any soft edging to the final result freehand using an airbrush, matching up the wing joins etc at the same time.

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