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Nov 21, 2012, 02:38 PM
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how to camoflage??

never did anything scale and wanting to camoflage a warbird, I tried to do some scribbly lines with a rattle can and it looked ok but wondering if ya gotta cut out patterns or just hit/miss with a rattle can? is thier any tutorials around??
Last edited by lectroglide; Nov 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM.
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Nov 26, 2012, 09:30 AM
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I free hand with an airbrush. It gets a pretty good line started and once its about 2"or 3" wide I can relax a little.
Nov 27, 2012, 11:45 PM
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If you first spray your lighter base colour, you can use play dough to mask it off before spraying the other, darker colour. If you want sharp lines, press it down firmly along the edges. If you want slightly fuzzy lines, leave it rounded at the edges and spray multiple light coats. This also works great for those "blotchy" bits commonly found on German WW2 warbirds. Be sure not to use an oil based clay like Plasticene though as it will leave oil stains on the paint job.

Another option is latex mask like the one Pactra sells, which is painted on, then carefully cut with a scalpel along your camo or other line, and the unwanted areas peeled off. Then spray over and finally peel the mask off.
Dec 03, 2012, 09:51 PM
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You can cut a mask and hold it off the surface of the model with little rolled up balls of masking tape. The further the mask is from the surface the fuzzier your demarcation will be. You can also use soft edge foam painter's tape but it can be a tad expensive.

Dec 04, 2012, 04:26 AM
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Chad, that's an interesting find- thanks for posting it. The play dough method does the same thing (on the cheap), but the soft edge foam masking tape will be much easier to work with.

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