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sabu

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I'm wondering what techniques other's have used to mask round areas?  I'm thinking about areas such as the fuselage under the canopy, which on most modern-ish fighters (F-14, F-18 etc.) is flat black.  My first attempt (F-14), was a series of Tamiya mask pieces which ended up (as expected) looking a little like an octagon - it just wasn't as round as I'd like.  My second attempt (F-18) has yet to be sprayed, but my masking job was done with a single piece of masking tape which I then carefully cut to shape with my model knife.  In doing so I fear I cut into the plastic a bit, as well as left a bit of a torn edge to the mask which I suspect won't look too good after spraying.  How do others do this?  Any help appreciated, thanks!
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I think I understand what you mean? Probably be best if we saw a picture of the exact area you are asking about?
Is it the cowling under the very front of the canopy--under the glass? If that is the correct area, I just tape the fuselage halves together, spray the cowling area flat black, then after you have put the cockpit in and the fuselage together permanently, once you mask and attach the canopy glass [with white glue],when you AB the overall aircraft color[s], the canopy acts as the mask for the cowling. Hope this is what you are asking and what I have written makes sense? If not, we can go for round two with pictures?

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Gadjung

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Use flexible Tamiya masking tape. I'm using it in making white waterline on modern subs. 
http://www.tamiya.com/english/products/87177_87179/index.htm
http://www.tamiya.com/english/products/87184/index.htm
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TedUSA

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Good reference re the flexible tape
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sabu

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here's a photo of the two canopies I described.  The lower one is the already painted F-14.  The one on top is the F-18.  They are different scales. 

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I really like the idea of the flexible masking tape - it looks like the right tool for this job.  Thanks for the recommendation!
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Laurie

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I use green and blue car body lining tape. Much more flexible than paper tapes.

Plus even with out burnishing down, as essential with paper tape, it is rare to
get any paint creep.

Green is excellent for straight lines and obtuse curves. Blue is excellent for acute curves.
Always cut, as paper tape, a long the tape to get a pristine line. Tapes always have a slight
hang over of adhesive. Cutting gives a real virginal edge.

Both tapes can be cut as thin as about .5 of a millimetre. Great stretch in the blue for getting
around the corners. Come in a variety of thicknesses. 5mm is probably the best as it can be
cut to the thickness require. About 33feet 10 metres so it will last a life time. Lastly it releases
well. Used it for 4 years now and only has a couple of paint strip with Vallejo. Now use Tamiya
and not had any.

https://www.everythingairbrush.com/masking-mats-knives/masking-tapes/finespray-fine-line-green-tape-6mm-x-55m.html
https://www.everythingairbrush.com/masking-mats-knives/masking-tapes/3m-fine-line-masking-tape-6mm-33m.html

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TedUSA

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wow--looks like some good tape to work with! Thanks for posting Laurie!
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sabu

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Thanks Laurie - I have the Tamiya flexible tape and will be trying it first.  If it doesn't work I'll look at your suggestions - thanks for the help!
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sabu

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Thanks for all the help here guys - I think I've got this figured out.  Ultimately, some practice with the Tamiya white flexible tape has worked really well for me.  Using the tape to get the exact curve you're looking for takes time, but it's definitely the right tool for the job.  Many thanks!
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