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Cliff 195909/03/2020 23:24:13
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This is how I painted the roundels on my David Boddington Mannock Biplane.

 

Edited By Cliff 1959 on 09/03/2020 23:25:28

Peter Miller10/03/2020 08:34:38
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Why use a pencil compass?

I always used to use a springbow nib in the compass and draw the outines in paint and then just fill in up to the paint line.

No worries with masking tape etc.

Ken Lighten10/03/2020 10:19:36
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I do the same as Peter, relatively easy to do after a practice go

Cliff 195910/03/2020 17:46:28
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That's very interesting guys, I've never heard of a springbow nib but I can see how useful it would be, thanks for the suggestion.

Martin McIntosh10/03/2020 18:49:53
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A much easier way is to use masking film and a compass cutter. I had to modify mine to cut the larger circles and you need to work out the various sizes for each colour.

I used to do roundels on layered paper but it does not take too well in damp conditions. It was fixed on with dried PVA then ironed to the surface.

Cliff 195910/03/2020 23:28:22
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That's another good idea Martin, I didn't know masking film existed! So would you cut a circle on the bench them peel it off and apply it?

Peter Miller11/03/2020 08:26:23
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Posted by Martin McIntosh on 10/03/2020 18:49:53:

A much easier way is to use masking film and a compass cutter. I had to modify mine to cut the larger circles and you need to work out the various sizes for each colour.

I used to do roundels on layered paper but it does not take too well in damp conditions. It was fixed on with dried PVA then ironed to the surface.

My Faber-Castell compass came with a long extension arm and a holder for Rotring or faber Castell drawing pens. The place that grips that and the lead holder also holds springbow pens.

Pricy but then top quality tools are!

Martin McIntosh11/03/2020 14:37:29
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www.craftyproducts.co.uk You can buy it by the metre and they go to the large shows. Don`t be tempted by their crafty cutter or the roundel tool. Waste of money.

Mike T11/03/2020 16:21:44
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Masking film every time. For the outer parts of large roundels, cut 1/4 or 1/3 diameter segments for your circles. This reduces waste and makes laying down the film easier, especially on the undulating top surface of a typical fabric-covered wing with riblets! I use my compass and 4B pencil for lightly marking where the masking film should go.

I've tried using the ruling pen attachment in my 'spring bow' compass, but to no good effect. I accept I don't have the knack and (for the limited use it would get) neither the patience or inclination to acquire it!

Martin McIntosh11/03/2020 16:34:51
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Good idea of using segments to reduce waste, never thought of that.

Cliff 195911/03/2020 19:45:39
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How about making small lettering and numbering? Say 1in high?

Martin McIntosh11/03/2020 21:03:50
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Get a Silhouette. You can make them as small as you like either as stick on letters or masks.

Alternatively, print on paper, mark out the reverse side with a pencil, paint then cut out and iron on using PVA. Very labour intensive.

Peter Miller12/03/2020 08:30:02
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On Ebay go to fastsignuk

He can do lettering from 20mm upHe is quick and can find fonts of all sorts.

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Jon - Laser Engines12/03/2020 08:40:38
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For masking film, what brand are you guys using? I have been meaning to get some so i can continue with my Hurricane but cant decide which will be best

Martin McIntosh12/03/2020 08:49:25
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Jon,, see my post above on 11/3.

Jon - Laser Engines12/03/2020 09:31:22
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Just had a look. I can find A4 sheets but not a per M deal. Am i being thick or have they stopped doing it?

Ace12/03/2020 09:49:48
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Jon,

Not that we are questioning your intelligence cheeky

This material is also available to purchase by the metre. Please send enquiries to sales@craftyproducts.co.uk for a quotation.

Edited By Ace on 12/03/2020 09:51:10

Jon - Laser Engines12/03/2020 09:53:58
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ohhhh. i didnt read the full blurb, only the first line embarrassed

Stephen Jones12/03/2020 11:15:57
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Posted by Martin McIntosh on 11/03/2020 14:37:29:

www.craftyproducts.co.uk You can buy it by the metre and they go to the large shows. Don`t be tempted by their crafty cutter or the roundel tool. Waste of money.

Thank`s for the heads up Martin,

I have a paint job to do that is long overdue and that is just what i am looking for.

Cheers Steve.

Martin McIntosh12/03/2020 14:51:52
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Jon, if you want a couple of offcuts to try before you buy you can pick them up after work. You can phone or PM me for my address.

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