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I hope this link Works.

Many thanks to the guys who made suggestions when my first masking attempt went so wrong.
Yes this is not perfect but its much better than it was and there are probably some issues with the shape of my shell as well.

I do not recomend this. I used 3mm masking tape as it seemed better than the 4mm i had before. I sprayed the shell all white thinking the black paint would cover better but might have been better doing it the other way around because I had to keep telling myself I was masking off the white lines not the black and your dealing with a negative of the original.

Also this is a Dazzel pattern and thats exactly what it does my eyes hurt but i must away to paint in repairs and neaten up by hand before working on a chassis
Cheers Dave
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At the risk of being wise after the event...

You probably would have been better off to put wider masking tape on your cutting board and then use a metal rule and scalpel/exacto to cut to desired width. The problem with trying to use the existing edge of masking tape is that the "edge" of the adhesive layer has already been exposed to the air and dried out when it sat on the roll so never sits down as neatly as the stuff in the middle of the tape does which is why you have those "feathers" of paint bleed.

It took me several poorly-masked vac-form shells and a book on painting RC shells which explained the above before I twigged.

When I do black-and-other-colour chequerboards on fantasy wargames figures I use a Rotring-style technical pen with black ink to draw out the lines and then hand-paint the black with slightly thinned black acrylic (having first dotted each black section to avoid any "out-of-synch" disasters). You could try this on the shell by using masking tape merely a guide to get a straight line out of the pen.

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Another trick I forgot to mention is to either mist the shell with varnish once the tape on or to run a brush loaded with Future/Klear along the edges. Both help seal the tape down.

The Airfix 1:32 Afrika Korps is back in production, ModelZone stock them - Another good source of useful heads will be the aftermarket 1:35 resin heads produced for military modellers - loads of WW2 German heads amongst that lot.

The pen I use for chequerboards is the Copic Multiliner with a 0.1mm nib - [URL=]

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