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January 2, 2020

Thankless modeling tasks

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:27 pm
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The thing I hate most in aircraft modeling is masking canopies.  Thankfully, technological development has eliminated that hassle, due to pre-cut canopy masks.  One of the other real pains in the but when modeling is dealing with long thin decals, such as stripes or lines.  Their tendency to fold and kink and misbehave is endlessly frustrating.  However, you can’t always avoid subjects with such markings.  In those cases, my preferred solution is to cut the decal and ally it in sections.  This isn’t ideal as you then have the challenge to matching and mating the sections back together on the model.  However, it is still better than other alternatives.  I am dealing with this challenge on the Ohka.  I started applying the stripes last night.  Hopefully I’ll get the entire stripe on soon.

Decal stripes

2 Comments

  1. Looking good so far, David! I too struggle with long thin decals. The wing walks on Spitfires immediate come (haunts?) to mind!

    Comment by nanooklee — January 2, 2020 @ 4:33 pm

  2. Yes, I forgot about wing walks. Those are exactly the type of things I was talking about.

    Comment by dknights — January 2, 2020 @ 4:53 pm


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