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Canopy paint masks


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I am finishing up my 1/32 scale F-4E and its the first model by Tamiya that I have built that did not come with specific paint masks for the canopy.  The two rear sections are fairly straight forward given the even edges but I am still having trouble figuring out how to get precise shapes given the curve of the glass.  The front section has a curved frame.  Do any of you guys have a method for creating “complex” shaped (or even simple shaped) masks using the canopies provided in the kit?

Stuart

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  • 4 weeks later...

At the risk of making this a zombie topic (i.e. raising it from the dead)...

I just put Tamiya masking tape on the canopy, burnish around the frame with a toothpick, and cut off the excess with a (preferably new) blade. Usually multiple small pieces are needed because of the curvature.

A more detailed discussion (with other methods) is at https://modelpaintsol.com/?s=canopy+masking&post_type=guide

Or if you have a vinyl cutter you might try searching at https://www.scalemodelpaintmasks.com/

I have no affiliation with either of these sites.

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