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 Post subject: Splitting canopies
PostPosted: Wed 06 Sep 2017 10:10 am 
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I mask my 1/72 canopies using Tamiya bendy tape and a scalpel, with results that are good enough for me. However, with the smaller canopies (Wildcat, Defiant) I have recently managed to split the top of the canopy through an over-vigorous pressing in of the tape. If I am gentler, the tape doesn't hold, so there is a fine line of perfection. With larger canopies there is room for me to support them with my sausage-like fingers. I considered putting a blob of blu-tack inside the canopy but a) this doesn't seem to provide firm enough support and b) it would need cleaning off, thus replacing one problem with another.
Someone, somewhere has solved this problem. Is it you? If so, how?

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 Post subject: Re: Splitting canopies
PostPosted: Wed 06 Sep 2017 10:41 am 
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Blutac for me. Never had a problem taking it out
Have you tried bunishing the tap down with a cotton bud or a cocktail stick?

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 Post subject: Re: Splitting canopies
PostPosted: Wed 06 Sep 2017 11:29 am 
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Try getting some Oyumaru Compound

I have been using this to hold 1/72 aircraft canopies whilst painting them.
Soften a piece, roll it into a ball, push inside the canopy and clamp the protruding piece in a bulldog clip or push a cocktail stick into the compound.
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It holds the canopy pretty snugly but can easily be removed when work has finished. I have found it does not affect the canopy material at all, unlike Blu-Tack, which I find leaves a smeary trace.

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