LF Models M7253: 1/72 Hs-123
|For the Airfix/Avis/Fly kit.|
An item that has become a 'must have' for many modelers are paint masks. These are designed to fit specific kits and the benefit of these is that you don't have to cut masking for the scheme while it is on the kit.
I've used these sorts of things a couple of times and for aircraft that have a fairly complex camouflage scheme, like the Luftwaffe splinter scheme, it is a time saver. Sure, one can get the same results with tape, but these are quicker.
This particular set is vinyl and for the most part, I've found that this is the material to use for camouflage masks. Canopy masks are usual tape and when using this set, one will have to pre-mask the clear bits to be sure there is no overspray glitches. One thing I'm not jazzed about is that the guide for the masks and their corresponding number is so small that it is nearly impossible to see without some sort of magnification.
From the look of things, one paints the underside first, masks that, then paints the lighter color before masking that and finishing up with the darker shades. These sorts of masks are a real boon when working in 1/72 scale and especially when dealing with the prewar German four color schemes.
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