How do you mask a ring in the middle of a nose cone?April 8 2012 at 6:10 PM
|Al Zaro (Login zaro12)|
from IP address 188.8.131.52
I'm building a Seafire 15, which has a white ring running around the centre of a black nose cone. A few years back I remember seeing an article on how to mask a ring on a nose cone, but I can't find it online now. From memory it showed how to cut the correct shaped mask.
Can anyone either point me to this article or give me some tips on how to mask a line around cone. The catch is it's a line about 1mm in diameter. The model is 1/72 scale.
Thanks in advance.
A nose ring? Nah, that probably wouldn't work very well...
|April 8 2012, 6:35 PM |
A thin piece of masking tape carefully applied. There's no magic way to do it.
You might try this.
|April 8 2012, 7:10 PM |
Just to be sure you get the tape in the right place and straight, paint the spinner flat white and use a circle template choosing the opening that will fit where the line is supposed to be. Make sure the template is properly aligned and then trace a light pencil like where you want the tape. Now you have a guide for placing the tape.
or do it like a bomb stripe
|April 8 2012, 7:21 PM |
roll a tube of tape up, stick it on there, and paint your stripe color,,,,let dry, roll a 1mm larger tube, stick it on there, paint the "back" color
if you can find the right dowel, that will work for your first mask, then add tape to it to get your 1 mm larger diameter, then use it for your second mask
one from each squadron??,,"geeez Rex, how many display cases will that take up?"
Often mentioned faucet washers work particuarly for bomb stripes or WWII nose cones....
|April 8 2012, 7:53 PM |
I generally mask to paint the larger end moving upwards progressively once dried. I use using Tamiya 1/8 wide tape since it's very flexible and friendly to concave masking such as jet noses. I always do this way..like for F-4E USAF noses,,,but it takes a bit of an artists eye that allows you to do this method while still being accurate.
Put the spinner on a prop...
|April 8 2012, 7:55 PM |
... add a shift to the prop if it doesn't already have one. Depnding on the spinner you may not need the prop at all. Chuck it in a Dremel and get is spinning square. At a slow speed touch a fine point brush with a decent load of paint tot he spinner. With a steady hand it works great.
This was done with a wide brush and no prop
here;'s one in 144th done the same way.
|This message has been edited by wing_nut55 from IP address 184.108.40.206 on Apr 8, 2012 8:01 PM|
hrere's all you need
|April 8 2012, 8:43 PM |
In a pretty big nutshell -- but that's it. n/t
|April 8 2012, 9:45 PM |
Con-firmed! It's a cruel world, Herr Hauptman. You said so yourself.
Thanks Iain! ....... n/t
|April 9 2012, 2:25 AM |
Thanks for your help with this one...
|April 8 2012, 9:55 PM |
Iain Matheson hit the nail on the head, that was the online article I was looking for. Everyone else, thanks for the suggestions also.
Paint the item the colour of the ring, mask with
|April 8 2012, 9:56 PM |
a snake of Blutack/silly putty/plasticine or a small rubber O-ring (expensive option) then spray the main colour.
The other options mentioned in other reply posts also work.
|April 9 2012, 5:03 AM |
With a conical cone, a flat piece of tape will sit perfectly on it. All you need is to make a circular cut of the right radius.
But you have a compound curve and no piece of flat tape will conform perfectly. I haven't done this, but I would try cutting a hole in thin plastic sheeting, poking the spinner through it and using it as the mask. Repeat with a larger one to make the ring.
Get a thick book, an X-acto blade and mask the spinner
|April 9 2012, 3:14 PM |
put book and spinner on a flat surface. Squeeze the blade at the desired height between the book-pages, cut the circle by rotating the spinner.