Post by Dave Homewood on May 19, 2008 20:57:01 GMT 12
A friend of mine has been dabbling with a new method of marking aircraft, rather than using decals.
He prefers to remain anonymous on this though a couple of readers here know him I think and may have seen his dabbling.
Here are a few bits of aircraft he's been playing round with as practices. As you can see by the overspay these markings are painted on, not decals. For quick test shots I think the result is superbly impressive and I hope the scan of the parts below show this adequately.
its pretty impressive. I used computer cut stencils to do the rego letters and the artwork on the fin of my "big" aeroplane, and its amazing what the modern computer cutting machines can turn out - fine detail is possible - but I'm sure it would still be a struggle to get suitable resolution on smaller scales - What scale are the test pieces?
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Post by Dave Homewood on May 19, 2008 22:59:02 GMT 12
1/48 scale, and yes masks have been made using a computer cutting machine.
Joe, the modeller was simply tutu'ing. If you're painting a model properly with an airbrush there's a bit of maskign involved anyway. So it's no biggie for a better finish without the shine of decal film, and with matched colours of your own preference, which you can also weather easier without destroying the decal, and also decals can deteriorate over time whereas the paint will last much longer.
The big plus of course is he can design and make his own nose arts and roundels and markings.
That Flying Tiger marking is about 12mm from front toe to back toe.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 19, 2008 23:17:15 GMT 12
I have just taken a few closer up photos to demonstrate a bit more the advantages of this system. Note how the paint settles into the panel lines realistically, unlike decals which have to be softened and stretched etc and often that doesn't work.