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 Post subject: Canopy framing
PostPosted: Fri 28 Jul 2006 17:07 pm 
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How do I paint on the canopy? I'm worried it my go horrible wrong and because dry - so any tips ?


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The best way to get nice crisp framing is to mask with masking tape :wink:
This one was masked :arrow:
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You could use Maskol, but you won't get that crisp line :(
On the other hand, if you have a good fine brush and a steady hand, you could just paint it on, like this :arrow:
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Here is the canopy of my 1/48 Seafire IIIc which was masked using masking tape.  It takes a bit of patience and care to get the pieces trimmed right but it is worth it in the end.

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In the left hand picture you can see where I have covered the windows with tiny pieces of masking tape, leaving the frames exposed.  The right hand picture shows the canopy after removal of the masking tape.

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http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/mask ... esda_1.htm
http://www.swannysmodels.com/Canopies.html
http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/1 ... asking.htm
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Use Tamiya masking tape and a fresh new blade in your modelling knife.

Is Tamiya tape worth the expense ?. Hell yeah, its about £3 a roll, lasts for a good long while and cuts far easier than other DIY type masking tape which costs about £2 a roll anyway.

The fresh blade is important, you need a very sharp point to be able to use a light cutting pressure which is much easier to control.

Try it on an easy "straight line" canopy like an ME-109 or a Hurricane to get some practice before you go in for more complex stuff like a B29 or HE-111

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1. Tamiya tape
2. New sharp blade


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Another medium that might work (I've not tried it on models) is FriskFilm :idea: Graphic designers use it when spraying 8-)
It can be bought in art supplies shops and either comes on a roll or as A4 sheets. It is quite pliable, so should not prove problematic conforming to bulbous canopies :idea:

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Cocktail sticks are very cheap and useful! :)

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Thanks for all of your advice

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Blu tac can also be used for more intricate canopy framing such as b-29s etc


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If you use blu-tak, HAVE CLEAN HANDS!
If you don't the blu-tak will be all greasy and so will the canopy! :twisted:

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I also recommend Tamiya masking tape. I have left the tape on my canopies for months at a time. It comes off no problem without any residue. I use 10 mm tape. For large areas I usually cut it in half to make it last longer (this gives you two pieces with one straight edge).


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I use a cocktail stick. I find this works well because the tip always stays the same size. A little practise and you soon get the hang of it.

This is the only good picture of a canopy painted with a cocktail stick. The Tyhpoon's canopy was badly moulded though so there wasn't much to go on. My most recent plane, a 1:72 Stuka had a very crisp canopy, my best yet.

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could anyone give me any tips for how they paint/mask off their aircraft canopies please?

ive always made a mess of mine in the past. :oops:


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Tamiya Masking tape is the best but if you cantget hold of that ordinary will do.
Assuming you wantto do Straight Lines here's what to do
1. First cut very fine strips with a Ruler and Knife
2. Place one either side of your chosen line and make sure it is on firmly
3. Paint in between themasking tape
4. Remove the tape and hey presto one perfect straight line

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For canopies like the ones on Spits, Hurris, 109's etc - I put the masking tape on the canopy, then - with a sharp craft knife - follow the raised framing to cut out the strips leaving the panes as squares all over :wink: For bubble tops I use Maskol :shock:

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If you go to Top Tips And Techniques Forum, you will find in the first thread a few links to what you need under canopies . These should be useful to you .


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Hi Dizzy,
I do the same as model dude, and use Tamiya tape (in my opinion - the very best and worth the extra money) cut into thin strips. I use a very fine paintbrush and put  three thin layers on over a primer. I find using a primer gives the paint a key to grip the canopy plastic.

You can also buy masking sets for specific aircraft, which are precut masks for painting specific areas for example from eduard http://www.eduard.cz/products/card_main.php?id_product=1947&name=&catalogue_nb=&type=3&pgroup=1&scale=2&product_month=&product_year=&page_start=20
I have a He111 H-6 which I am going to use masks for. Otherwise on single seat fighters I would not bother and use Tamiya tape.
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I must admit, I have never masked a canopy before. I hand paint mine with cocktail sticks. Juts dab a little bit of paint on the end and use like a brush!

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for me it was always a steady hand and a 000 brush


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