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Old Oct 12, 2014, 01:25 PM
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Technique for Getting Invasion Stripes Straight????

I want to do a scheme on my P-38 that uses invasion stripes. I know the correct size and placement. What I am looking for is a good way to get them straight, vertical, and parallel on the booms. It's pretty easy to do on the wings, but those booms are a nightmare. With all the contours around the oil coolers, you cannot just lay down tape and have it come out right.
Any ideas or methods that will work?
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Old Oct 12, 2014, 03:30 PM
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By any chance do you have a laser level? I picked up one of these a few years back and am always finding uses for it: http://www.lowes.com/pd_236983-16878...ductId=1170545

It comes with a lens that lets you create a vertical line instead of just a point. You could use that to project a vertical line to then mask to.

BTW, I know we all strive for straight and crisp invasion stripe lines, but in truth, they were slopped on very haphazardly in the field and were far from neat and tidy:
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Old Oct 12, 2014, 03:46 PM
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The problem with doing them "scale", most people think you are sloppy builder.
I have thought about trying a laser.
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Old Oct 12, 2014, 03:48 PM
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The problem with doing them "scale", most people think you are sloppy builder.
Yup
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Old Oct 15, 2014, 06:39 PM
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I found this procedure works for me. Dull coat the area. Then apply the tape to the area to be painted, and dull coat the tape to make a perfect seal. Paint area white. Dull coat. Tape for black stripes. Dull coat. Paint black. It's a long process, making sure to let the paint and coating cure before anything is applied. Result was well worth it.
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