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More Wingsy WIP

Joined: February 27th, 2005, 4:34 pm

June 7th, 2018, 5:21 am #1

I spent most of this day painting and masking the the diagonal wing stripes. I thought I would leave the pile of masking detritus to show some of the effort. It was very difficult to add the narrow white border to the wing stripes and have them curve consistently around the leading edges. 
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Joined: February 28th, 2005, 12:37 pm

June 7th, 2018, 12:51 pm #2

That´s a real great work with the stripes!
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Joined: July 2nd, 2005, 5:44 pm

June 14th, 2018, 11:06 pm #3

Excellent work on the stripes Dave! Did you paint the white trim or use decals?
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 4:34 pm

June 14th, 2018, 11:31 pm #4

fuzz_09 wrote: Excellent work on the stripes Dave! Did you paint the white trim or use decals?
All painted. Not very hard except for shaping them around the leading edge.  For decals I will use the tail codes, some small wing stencils, and a data plate on the cowling, but everything else is painted.
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Joined: October 24th, 2007, 10:03 pm

June 16th, 2018, 2:12 am #5

Nice! And I bet that black fuseledge stripe was “interesting” 🤔to make as well.
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 4:34 pm

June 16th, 2018, 5:19 am #6

jamesBer wrote: Nice! And I bet that black fuseledge stripe was “interesting” 🤔to make as well.
Seriously, this is not a very hard thing to do. My secret, if I have any, is an Optivisor. This instrument is indispensable in allowing me to see all the details I need to see to make very small stripes. I use narrow strips of Tamiya tape and just follow the outlines. For the wing stripes I first painted the broader red stripes. I then masked the red stripes at the outer edges. Then to make the narrow white border stripes I simply eyeballed the distance and laid down a masking line of Tamiya tape. For the wraps around the leading edges I cut some very, very, tight circles with a compass cutter. I was able to get a good consistent stripe around the edges with this technique. I trusted my materials and tools and came out with something I think works. I'm getting close to finishing this beast. I thought the kit would be easy peasy, but it hasn't been that way because of all the very small parts and PE. Still, I think Wingsy have a great business plan and I hope to have their planned 1/48 Ki-51 Sonia in my stash someday.
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Joined: March 22nd, 2018, 7:25 pm

June 16th, 2018, 5:40 pm #7

I'm nowhere near the modeler you are so I'm not trying to give you advice in the usual sense ha ha ha...but when I have stripes to mask I cheat when conditions allow by painting the stripes first, then applying tape the width I want the stripe to be and paint the main color or colors last. Doesn't always work with spray cans because the inevitable paint ridge might be the wrong (more noticeable) color but with airbrushing that's less of a problem.

I'm sure you know all this and I'm guessing the NMF paint you used factored into your decisions too, just throwing it out there as another option and maybe other readers can gain something from it. Looking beautiful Dave.
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 4:34 pm

June 16th, 2018, 7:44 pm #8

stilltubeglue wrote: I'm nowhere near the modeler you are so I'm not trying to give you advice in the usual sense ha ha ha...but when I have stripes to mask I cheat when conditions allow by painting the stripes first, then applying tape the width I want the stripe to be and paint the main color or colors last. Doesn't always work with spray cans because the inevitable paint ridge might be the wrong (more noticeable) color but with airbrushing that's less of a problem.

I'm sure you know all this and I'm guessing the NMF paint you used factored into your decisions too, just throwing it out there as another option and maybe other readers can gain something from it. Looking beautiful Dave.
Initially my plan was to paint the whole width of the stripes, trim and all, white. Then I would mask off the white trim and paint the red band, but I was concerned that I wouldn't get as consistent a white trim as I would if I painted it separately.  Six of one, half dozen of the other was the best case as far as I could see. 
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Joined: March 22nd, 2018, 7:25 pm

June 16th, 2018, 7:57 pm #9

Right, we gotta do what works for us. Really looking forward to this one!
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski
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Joined: April 25th, 2018, 11:44 am

Today, 11:25 am #10

Such a beautiful aircraft.  I'm seriously tempted to try this scheme now with one of Sweet's kits. :)
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