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Discussions on specific A/C building techniques.
Help Masking Canopy
Arkansas, United States
Joined: June 29, 2009
KitMaker: 11,610 posts
AeroScale: 79 posts
Posted: Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 12:00 AM UTC
I am building a B-17 for the Big Beautiful Bombers Campaign and need some advice on masking the canopy. I have already tried rubber cement, liquid masking film, silly putty, and cutting out tiny peices of masking tape. The best result, so far, has been the masking tape. But, I think I'm going blind doing this. Looking for advice on masking the complex canopy.
Thanks in advance.
Uusimaa, Finland
Joined: March 30, 2004
KitMaker: 2,845 posts
AeroScale: 1,564 posts
Posted: Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 01:30 AM UTC
That's the 1:48 Monogram/Revell kit you're building? Eduard makes a precut mask set for it. EX106.

Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: February 07, 2008
KitMaker: 1,699 posts
AeroScale: 1,384 posts
Posted: Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 09:42 AM UTC
Bare Metal Foil. and patience.

Cover the canopy in BMF and cut away the framing then spray. I feel this is the most foolproof method. Most complicated canopy I've done is this one. It worked pretty well and I'm a clumsy modeller.

G-AGES Sunderland Construction and Painting Complete, Weathering TODO
New Brunswick, Canada
Joined: October 18, 2002
KitMaker: 2,247 posts
AeroScale: 168 posts
Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 03:22 AM UTC
I echo what John-Paul says.....Bare Metal Foil, works awesome. It is so thin that it conforms to anything, sticks well and cuts sharp lines. Just make sure you have a new blade in when you start cutting it.
Vermont, United States
Joined: July 21, 2002
KitMaker: 3,569 posts
AeroScale: 419 posts
Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 06:54 AM UTC
BMF for sure, but get a bottle of Goo-Gone, citrus scented adhesive remover to use with an ear bud (q-tip) will take off any BMF adhesive and will not (it has not for me) damage arcylic paint finishes that have cured.

I also like the Tamiya masking tape (the thin yellow stuff) for smaller (1/72) a/c canopies, but it is a little pricey.

I have had ZERO luck with the various masking agents