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Whizzo

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Just wondering if anyone had a technique for painting the fine lines on pitot tubes and ordinance.

I am going to have to paint the candy cane pattern on a CF-104 pitot tube and I can't see doing this freehand.

Thanks for the help.

Fred

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The only thing I know to do is tape masking for each stripe, let it dry-coat it with pledge[i use a brush], let that dry, mask for the next stripe!. I have seen swirls and intricate patters on nose cones but they were decals. got to be other techniques by more experienced modelers here?
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To Ted's comment above, does anyone have a technique they would like to share?

Fred

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Hi Fred,I have never painted a pitot in this way, but if I was going to then I would paint the tube the lightest colour 1st then cut a really thin strip of masking tape and just wind it round the tube and paint darker colour over the top
Stripes on ordinance I just mask and spray, it's easier to get a neat line if you paint the stripe colour 1st then mask with tape cut to width and then paint over with the main colour, I didn't do it this way on my current build as I was planning to use the decals in the kit, but I didn't check them on the decal sheet before I went ahead and painted everything up, the stripe decals were blue and I wanted yellow. So I had to use 2 pieces of tape to make a stripe, and it was a pain to get consistent stripes

I hope this makes sense

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Pete,
that DOES make perfect sense and its the technique that Bob has shown on video. I totally forgot--no surprise there.
"...So I had to use 2 pieces of tape to make a stripe, and it was a pain to get consistent stripes..." exactly the problem I had on the ordinance on the F-16. I also waited to use black stripe decals on the fuel tanks ["lift here" designations]. problem? the decals were old and fell apart coming off the sheet. it was a nightmare.

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I have not done this yet, but I have read someone online saying when painting bombs. Roll the bomb on a LEGO piece as you hold the paint brush up against the bomb. The stubs sticking out center the bomb and allow it to roll perfectly. Pitot tubes are very small in diameter, but I think you can look for a similar object to hold the tube as you roll it.
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I would go with the same technique mentioned by Pete above. Bob shows how to do this in his F14 build painting a sidewinder - it think it is video 19 (my god I have watched these videos so often I am beginning to know where to go for a particular technique)!!!!

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