1/48 F-35A RAM masks

Joined: February 27th, 2005, 7:00 pm

November 14th, 2017, 4:02 pm #1

Two companies make mask sets for the lighter-colored RAM panel edges on the 1/48 Meng F-35A. Has anyone used either of these?

http://www.hyperscale.com/2017/reviews/ ... ewbg_1.htm

https://dnmodels.com/product/ram-panels ... -35a-meng/

I'm trying to decide which will be better, but I haven't found any builds online that used them.

Peter
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Joined: May 18th, 2005, 7:03 pm

I've been wondering the same thing. n/t

November 14th, 2017, 9:40 pm #2

I've been wondering the same thing. n/t
Don McIntyre
Clarksville, TN


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Joined: March 2nd, 2005, 3:32 pm

I have used the Galixy set

April 16th, 2018, 7:46 pm #3

Two companies make mask sets for the lighter-colored RAM panel edges on the 1/48 Meng F-35A. Has anyone used either of these?

http://www.hyperscale.com/2017/reviews/ ... ewbg_1.htm

https://dnmodels.com/product/ram-panels ... -35a-meng/

I'm trying to decide which will be better, but I haven't found any builds online that used them.

Peter
I'm currently working on the Meng F-35 and I've just done the painting using the Galaxy masks. I recommend them. It took me a few days to get them on and in that time they did lift a bit. What I noticed was a bit of lifting here and there which I burnished - they lifted again so I changed my approach - I decided to let them lift and only burnish right before I sprayed. It worked like a charm and I have sharp lines except in one or two places which were an easy touchup.

The other thing to note is that the masks are not for the whole plane - you have to create masks for the wings, rudders and stabilizers. These do not require complex shapes for the most part so its fairly easy.

Removing the masks was easy and it did not lift the paint anywhere - only left sharp demarcation lines. i was worried about lifting the paint but I sprayed Tamiya paints thinned 50/50 with lacquer thinner (no primer) and it worked fine. I highly recommend this set.

I also had the canopy and wheel mask set from DN - also worked fine but they don't seem as flexible so on the balance, I'd have to recommend the Galaxy set which uses a material very close to Tamiya masking tape.



Now working on decals - by the way - the kit decals are excellent. Very thin, not brittle, perfect register and conform well using Solvaset.
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Joined: April 23rd, 2018, 11:46 am

April 23rd, 2018, 8:27 pm #4

That looks great, may i ask what paints you used for the two shades of grey please.
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Joined: May 16th, 2006, 11:25 am

April 24th, 2018, 3:27 am #5

Gary Wickham recently built the Meng F-35A using the Galaxy Model mask set. The final reslt of it is here http://www.themodellingnews.com/2018/03 ... .html#more but you can get to earlier parts of the build in the same article. By his accounts they sound like a good set. I've got a set to use with my kit too.

I'm interested in what folks say about the DN Models masks as they've got some interesting mask sets for other kits.

Cheers,
Michael
www.themodellingrepublic.com
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Joined: May 11th, 2005, 3:58 am

April 28th, 2018, 10:42 pm #6

Masking the RAM panels may be a thing of the past as Lockheed Martin has developed a new uniform over coat (Z13) to eliminate the color difference in the RAM panels according to a news letter by Jeff Babione Executive Vice President and General Manager, F-35 Program at Lockheed Martin:

https://a855196877272cb14560-2a4fa819a6 ... _13_17.pdf

Hopefully, this will filter down to the model companies and will be incorporated in to kits and decal sheets soon.

Steve Sliger
Greenwell Springs, LA 
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Joined: February 26th, 2005, 11:57 pm

May 1st, 2018, 2:42 am #7

I'd go with the Galaxy masks, it is the yellow Japanese hobby tape that Tamiya has. As mentioned, others have used it here very successfully.

The DM set is plastic vinyl, I'd be worried about it lifting.
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Joined: October 24th, 2005, 12:21 am

May 4th, 2018, 8:41 am #8

Just hot my DM set and it covers a lot galaxy miss.
Wing leading edges plus numerous places Gary discusses as being missed.
There are several reviews up on DM stuff being excellent being opaque you can position them with great accuracy.
Picked up some aggressor masks and they look very comprehensive in addition to the F-35 sheet.
Impressed...
Time to spare..go by air!
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