The next step is to paint your second camo color. I also add a few small marks to assist with aligning the mask once cut. Use a brush with soft bristles, sable is best. Always, always, always use a new blade in your hobby knife to do this. It may not do it in every case, but if you don’t follow this simple rule, at some point you will be sad when you unmask. When you paint, don’t apply brush strokes towards the edge of the mask, but rather start on the mask and paint into the camo pattern. There are three lozenge coverings available on the market: Arizona Model Crafters makes it in 1/12 on up; Balsa USA makes it in light and dark for 1/4- and 1/8-scale aircraft; and Glenn Torrance specializes in 1/4-, 1/8-, and larger scale models (he prints his on actual linen)! If you want a sharp edge, then it is better to use tape or liquid mask. I know when I do the dry brushing, I can basically get a nice feathered look.. 69K 3,828 3. It can be applied to the model, and as it is applied, curves and shapes can be imparted, so that you essentially lay down the pattern as you go. The method shown works equally well … Once removed, I apply it to my handy cutting board – a small piece of tile. I also do one extra step since I build in 1:48 -- may not be necessary in 1:72: I lay a piece of sewing thread on the tape parallel to and about 1/16 inch from the edge. The most common reasons I’ve found for this are not de-tacking sufficiently, not allowing the first color to dry thoroughly, not allowing the primer coat to dry completely, or not making sure the plastic surface is free from oils before priming. I think that would probably give an even better result - but I haven't tried it yet. One box will be a lifetime supply. Creating camouflage and other effects with masking. I then carefully remove the mask, pulling it back against itself. I generally prefer to go from lighter to darker colors, though sometimes the paint type or color quantity and distribution can dictate otherwise. I brush paint acrylics and I've done several fuzzy edged camo patterns on 1/48 & 1/72 scale A/C. When you paint, don’t apply brush strokes towards the edge of the mask, but rather start on the mask and paint into the camo pattern. You can use the instructions on the model for the camo pattern. Building scale model airplanes, sci fi, Gunpla, Warhammer 40K, and more! It came out dang great. I paint a really fine line (1/16" or less) of the mixed color right over top the hard edge. For what it is worth, let me share my techniques for aircraft painting and finishing. With that section on place, I added the other “ends” of the boundaries for that area, using a combination of 2mm and 5mm curve tape. If the edge between the two colors gets too much paint, it might begin to show brush strokes. Remember – this is my preference, not necessarily the best way for everyone. For a rough surface (e.g. Once the tape is removed, you should have a sharply defined camo pattern on your model! Required fields are marked *. If you don’t like this method, try one of the others listed at the beginning of this article. Application starts at the area of the pattern where there is the least amount of curvature. All indications are that it left the factory with undersurfaces in black. Ratch. Mrs. Dinkins' First Precept, By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. Airbus completes assembly on all A380s in Toulouse, France, then flies each aircraft to Hamburg, Germany for final painting. I’d like to say a special “THANK YOU” to the wonderful people who support me on Patreon at the Monkey Fanatic level! Still, every model requires at least a little hand-brushing. This article will provide general advice about the order to apply the various layers of paint and other finishing layers that are commonly used. I use a variety of Tamiya masking and curve tapes, as well as my hobby knife, tweezers, a cocktail stick, and a marker pen. Here I use some of the leftovers from the previously cut ection to mask the other side of this part of the pattern. All the previous techniques and steps are once again applied, but re-visited with the process of painting a multi color scheme. At this stage, I usually proceed with doing any other areas like this – get the “flat” parts out of the way first. Due to the dark nature of the NATO camouflage pattern, the black colored primer from AMMO (A.MIG-2005) is a good choice as it serves both as a primer and a pre-shade color. Hand-brushing paint. This raises the edge of the tape slightly above the surface of the model and yields a very slight soft edge to the camouflage. The oils on your skin will diminish the tackiness. See more ideas about model paint, paint schemes, fighter jets. This is part of the 'scale effect', even on a LSP kit. What's the best way to put camouflage on a plastic model aircraft? When the second coat of paint is on, you can begin the joyful process of removing all the maskings. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Over the years, I’ve tried various methods, including the use of “Silly Putty”/Blue Tac, paper masks, pre-cut vinyl masks, and even trying to solely use liquid masks. Light colour after the darker of the two colours tends to darken the lighter colour. It simply does not 'look' right. Also check that no small gaps are left in any areas between tape sections. 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? This M113 has also been painted in standard Nato three tone camouflage. Masks are used to block paint from areas where you don't want it to go.Military camouflage will often need masking. I don’t lift straight up, but rather try to keep the pulling motion parallel to the masked surface. Some paint may lift – it happens. If your camo scheme is more than two colors, you just simply keep doing the process outlined above for each color. Now with the boundaries of this area defined, I use more tape to fill in the gaps. Any metallic lacquer paint will work but I recommend Alclad II or the Model Master metalizer. The point I go for is that the tape will  burnish nicely and hold itself in place while being airbrushed, yet when being lifted will not apply too much resistance.Â, (I used to de-tack the tape on my forehead,  until one time I forgot I had a piece up there, and spent the afternoon with a giant hunk of Tamiya tape stuck above my eyebrow, curious why my family was laughing at me more than normal.). Stick it to the wing or a/c surface about 1/8 of inch "raised", using an adhesive, such as "handitak", that can be found at hobby lobby. During the Vietnam War, fighters and bombers from the United States arrived in the war area with pre-conflict light gray paint overall. And while it can give a scale-appropriate “feathered” edge, it’s very easy to end up with some “underspray” along various edges, requiring either tedious correction, or simply turning a blind eye to it. Next, I use my marker, and draw the pattern on to the tape, using the painting guide as a reference. I use acrylics that are thinned down just a little with water. If possible, use a rattle can to apply a clear satin or matt varnish, which will help seal the tape edges. wall or tire) a camel hair or synthetic brush is fine. 🙂 ) And if you have questions, please ask away! And they added extra expense. And of all those, I think de-tacking is the most frequent culprit in my experience. I think this imparts a much nicer scale effect. At this point, do not burnish it down – just set it in place enough to allow it to hold. The second step is how you airbrush around the masked edge. Using nothing but a liquid mask was not bad, but as with the masking putty method, precision of application was not always great. Hobbyboss’ 1/48 F8F-2 Bearcat: Weather It’s Finished Or Not, The Write Stuff? Yes, this results in a lot of masking, but it does work. Technique 2 - BluTack/soft edge Grey panzer (it's supposed to be a Tiger turret I think) get's the soft edge approach. You can use this method for brush painting, but it is very likely some paint will leak up under the masks. Spraying a nice, even first coat is an invitation to a drippy mess. Ratch. To participate you must either login or register for an account. (And by joyful I mean mind numbing and soul crushing.) The mist coat covers only 50% to 60% of the surface. The example used is Tamiya’s 1/35th M113A2 Armoured Personnel Carrier Desert Version as used in the second Gulf War. But when you are finished, you get a nice, masked boundary that adheres to all curves. Aircraft » Brush painting and soft edge camo; Brush painting and soft edge camo 5643 views. Early models generally had undersurfaces painted in RLM 22 Schwarz (Black), while later models had the undersides painted in RLM 76 or one of the above- mentioned late war variants. If possible, use a rattle can to apply a clear satin or matt varnish, which will help seal the tape edges. Be careful to pull the tape slowly against itself. For example, if I know one paint type has poor adhesion qualities, and the other doesn’t, I’ll put down the “sticky” paint first, even if it is darker. Paint Masks for Scale Models: Aircraft, Armor and Helicopters. Please let me know what your favorite masking methods are, either in the comments below, or on my Facebook page! I may not know the answer, but I’ll make a valiant effort to at least be mildly entertaining in my reply. I've done the "wet" technique described above. I have good friends whose work I greatly admire that would list one of the above methods as their favorite. Other tapes can work fine too, but be careful of using non-modeling masking tapes- they can often be quite tacky and leave residue. I simply prefer tape. Now comes the tedious part – fill that in. I normally start with the top layers of tape, and work my way down. Metal accessories. In this case, the edges where the different colours meet are soft as they have been applied with a paint sprayer. Before I place it on, however, I always, always, always “de-tack” the tape. Spray your entire model aircraft with a natural metal base coat (I covered this subject in the painting and finishing section). (Note- you can use masking fluid here, but in a few cases where I’ve done this, the masking fluid imparted a bit of color shift, which did not look nice. It can also be rolled into “sausages” and applied to the model at the edge of camouflaged areas: the diameter of the sausage controls the amount of feathering you get along the edge. Camouflages, Canopy & Insignia sets for 1/72, 1/48, 1/35, 1/32 and 1/16. Remember to de-tack! Aircraft modelers often use sticky tack to create camouflage patterns on their airplanes. I simply stick the tape to the palm of my hand, pull it off, and do it again. No wonder really, as fast as the aircraft were coming off of the production line. For painting a freehand camouflage, the airbrush needs to be able to hold a fine line. • Step 3 Do the same with a … (. I find it helps to focus on very small sections at a time, using one hand to apply the tape, and the other to hold the tape down. This a little different i… Low-tack masking tape will create the hard yellow edge. You can also see that on one side of the area that was relatively flat, I reverted to the masking tape method to define that. One method is to blow up the instruction manual to match the size of the model and cut out the camouflage pattern. Your choice of airbrush will be controlled by how fine a line you need. I did a 1/72 scale Spitfire that way. Give it a try on a piece of scrap styrene or an old unused part. You just need a fine brush and some patience - which you probably have enuf of if you build models anyway. View our. The technique I use isn't rocket science. De-tacking is easy. With those checks completed, airbrush away! • Step 1, prime the model with grey primer, then paint it with your chosen Dunkel Gelb • Step 2 Thin your Dunkel Grun paint so it’s more of a milky consistency, and then use the cotton bud to stipple (or dab) the paint on, letting the colour slowly build up. Never put temptation in the way of a weak soul. Aircraft overall brown then green over, brown over the vehicle then MM camo over. Carefully remove your mask section from the cutting surface, and then apply it to the model, using the small marks as alignment guides. The fighter-bomber version also includes under wing rockets for Fleet Air Arm Mossies. This allows for some very complex shapes to be negotiated that would otherwise be quite difficult using other masking methods. I'm making a Tamiya A-10, and it's going together very nicely. stu knowles: 09/02/2017 22:46:01: 620 forum posts 53 photos: Look up soft edge foam masking tape on ebay, or call at a car refinishers nearby. It can be applied to small details and teased into position using a cocktail stick. Here's my little Spitfire with the soft edge camouflage done with a brush: This model was completely crunched and repaired a few years ago... never did a follow-up over coat... Our community is FREE to join. Order Ascending; Order Descending; In The Woods. (The undersides have already been painted and masked off. It didn’t take much distance between you and the airplane for the soft edge to merge into a hard one. Or do you ignore those schemes which call for such, and restrict yourself to hard edge camouflage? In this case, I pulled from the front (leading edge) to the back. All had various levels of success, and all had advantages and negatives.Â. I personally tend to paint vehicle and aircraft camo with the lighter colour first. With the model complete, the painting begins. Posted by In The Woods on Sunday, January 27, 2008 10:43 PM I have finally given up the battle with my airbrushes and I'm shipping the whole lot to … You can use this method for brush painting, but it is very likely some paint will leak up under the masks. Trumpeter’s 1/48 L-39ZA: Who Was That Masking Man? The tools for the task are important. If this happens, I just sand the area with the finest grit I can find. Before doing that, visually check that all edges of masking are firmly burnished down. Paper masks worked OK too, but often suffered from the same “underspray” issue as putty. I certainly don’t mean to say none of these methods work. It’s simply the one that I can get to work the best for me. Everyone has a slightly different approach to painting a model and you still see hand-painted models beating out airbrushed models on the contest tables. The painting of a glossy finish such as used on automotive models follows a quite different path. If you use enamels with paint thinner, and you work quickly, you might even be able to use this technique while the paints are still a little wet. Once fully cured, the finishes are hard and durable. I have finally given up the battle with my airbrushes and I'm shipping the whole lot to my son. Once complete, the section looks like this: Now just continue doing this across the entire model. Hard edge RAF camo is typically excessive on a scale model (even a small one) and the contrast between the colors becomes too harsh. If you would listen to everybody about the inaccuracies, most of the kits on your shelf would not have been built Too Close For Guns, Switching To Finger. (While you’re there, give me a “Like” and share with your friends! If you built models as a child, you may have painted your first by hand with a brush — and if you remember what those models looked like, you’ll recall why you switched to spraying paint. If you’d like to join them, find out how on my Patreon page. RAF aircraft had edges that were a bit softer, but were still fairly tight. Masking. Then I mix a batch of the two colors in about a 50/50 mix. Here I have my Trumpeter 1/48 L-39ZA, freshly painted with a coat of Vallejo Model Air Interior Green. I start by cutting a long enough piece of tape to fully cover the outline of the area being mask. Instead, take your time and start with a mist coat. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. So, how do you who paint with brushes (I know there are a few of you out there) manage the feather edge on some camouflage patterns? Thanks for your consideration! They put sticky-tack on the back of it and stick it to the model. Site Owner. apply the latex paint to the M.20. Given the possible backgrounds and lighting conditions, no single scheme works in every situation. List of WWII and Modern Aircraft Camouflage colors based on official documentation Oficial Name Model Air Name Ref. I've seen what the … I've pretty much given up on enamels in most cases because of the fumes. A smaller opening in the nozzle, with a corresponding smaller needle, will result in a much finer line. The key to painting masked camouflages is to keep paint from creeping under the mask. Aircraft painting is done in a clean environment with adequate ventilation, usually closed off from the surrounding area due to the chemical fumes that will be released. First I paint the lighter color (overall usually), then the darker camo color so that theres a hard edge. No matter how often people have insisted that “Tamiya tape never sticks”, I’ve had it lift off paint (water based acrylics in particular) if I do not de-tack it. Since the rolled sticky-tack has a rounded edge, it also makes a slightly soft edge to the camouflage as long as you don’t press it down too hard. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! So in a fit of insanity, I decided to actually document the process. Aircraft Camouflage colors based on official documentation Historical Color References Guide for Aircraft and AFV Series. Then, using either tweezers or my fingers, I apply the tape, shaping it as I go. Don’t forget the excess pieces you are left with – these can be used (if shaped reasonably) to apply to other sections of the camo area. I can’t really give a quantity of times to repeat this – it depends on how oily you are, I suppose. De-tacking is a process of reducing the stickiness of a piece of tape or other medium to adhere on the surface of a model. While this method is not the simplest, in my experience it allows for the sharpest and most precise patterns, and fully takes into account the complexity of shapes on any model. Don’t hurry this process. If theres a real strong contrast like dk sea blue/white then the ratio will favor the lighter color a little. Now, I’ll admit, the curvature here is quite extreme, and it just takes working in little bits, with constant adjustment, to get it all to work correctly. Member since February 2004; From: Dillwyn, VA ; Brush painting and soft edge camo. Many fighter pilots refused outright to apply this paint to their aircraft, and simply operated during the winter months in temperate camouflage. Here's an example of the results on the Acc Min SBD-5. USAAF & US Navy Pre-War to WWII ANA 501 Light Blue French Blue 71.088 + 70.510 ANA 502 Insignia Blue Signal Blue 71.091 + 70.510 ANA 503 Light … Still, when it comes time to mask, I keep coming back to the same tried and true, if somewhat laborious method: tape masks. I prefer this over a green cutting mat as it allows for a very precise cut. After that has dried, I get out the original colors again. If the separation between colors is soft or fuzzy (depends on how the real thing was painted), camouflage can be free-hand airbrushed without masking. Do this fairly soon after applying the second coat. Your email address will not be published. Of course, at some point, you will get to the more curved areas of the model, and this can require an adjustment in method and even tape medium. 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