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How To Mask Your Own Canopies : Tutorial


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 ...I think this is the best masking tutorial I've seen yet.... but nobody shows/says what the need for masking is.... how is the unmasked area treated afterwards.....?

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Nice and very helpful video, so is the rest of your tutorials. I was struggling with canopies for 1/72 scale. I have no magniglass/lamp, my eyes are not sharp anymore, so I'm using my tablet with camera now. Simply zoom it and focuse on the canopy and here we go. Only thing is, I must work behind my tablet, but helps a lot.
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[thumb][thumb] ...I think this is the best masking tutorial I've seen yet.... but nobody shows/says what the need for masking is.... how is the unmasked area treated afterwards.....?


many modelers choose to mask the canopy, but some cover the cockpit for painting and place the canopy on at the end. By masking the canopy you have the natural cover for the cockpit.in addition, the UNMASKED portions are the canopy "frame" that support the glass in sections. when you mask off the areas of the canopy that should always be clear, then the canopy frame gets painted along with the rest of the aircraft--it is a perfect match. Painting perfect canopy frames by hand is as hard or harder than masking the canopy prior to painting and leaving the canopy frame uncovered.its a double edged sword IMHO. The masking comes off the canopy as one of the very last steps in building/finishing your model and it is somewhat of a gamble either way. its up to each modeler to use the technique that is best for them. good luck!!!

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Very informative.

I am alright with these types of canopy, but get intimidated by canopys on stukas or messerschitts. I guess keep practicing and learning. I might try find a cheap 1/72 and see how it goes.

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oops, I don't think anyone here ever addressed the question of what to do after taking the masking off a canopy. Bob presents the info in several of his build videos but you would have to wade through several to find the info directly.

If you are super lucky, the "glass" portions of the canopy will be clean with no paint incursions. If you do get some small amount of paint under the tape you can carefully take it off with a sharpened toothpick [cocktail stick], usually without any damage to the canopy glass. A cotton swap that is damp can also clean minor smudges off the glass. If the canopy frames were sealed with the rest of the paint on the aircraft, you could probably use a little 70% IPA on a swab? last resort IMHO.

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Originally Posted by Hans-Uwe
Nice and very helpful video, so is the rest of your tutorials. I was struggling with canopies for 1/72 scale. I have no magniglass/lamp, my eyes are not sharp anymore, so I'm using my tablet with camera now. Simply zoom it and focuse on the canopy and here we go. Only thing is, I must work behind my tablet, but helps a lot.


good tip. I also want to make myself a small light box so I can get transmitted light to help me mask a canopy.


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