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Old 12-06-2019, 02:12 PM   #71
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It seems an insurmountable problem to me. how do the manufacturers do it?
I also have wondered that. Maybe I can search for the answer.

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Old 12-06-2019, 02:19 PM   #72
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I found the answer, the manufacturers use copper painting masks that fit tight over the shell. Check out this video on Utube it is at the beginning of the video.


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Old 12-06-2019, 09:13 PM   #73
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Hi Ed,

I love what you've got going so far. I love buying old "not so perfect" brass models and reviving them too!!

As far as your masking problem goes, I wonder if you're using painters tape or regular masking tape? I find
that sometimes, painters tape doesn't have enough grip to hold over taller protruding surfaces, so I'll use
standard masking tape instead. I'll use a clean surface to stick the tape down onto and pull it off a couple of
times to take just a little bit of the tackiness off the tape before using it.

Also, I'm not sure how you're masking it off, are you masking to "make" the line or are you painting your line
color first, then using a piece of tape cut to the width you want your line to be, then painting your overall color?
Sometimes, one will work when the other won't. Just an idea you might try.

Anyway, it's looking good, keep it up!!
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Old 12-07-2019, 06:13 AM   #74
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Yeah, ok ... I had this vague idea before watching it:

i have this idea of some material like silicon, formed into the outline (mask) of what is desired.. so that when the shell is pressed into it to certain pressure & alignment, the form fills the peaks and valleys of face of the model to be painted in a uniform way -- and paint can be consistently applied to the resulting mask -- and it will be a nice straight, uniform result.

.. not sure my description is anything anyone can make sense of ... or that it would work but if it did work, except for the upfront time & costs of building the jig -- it would be fast.
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Old 12-08-2019, 11:04 PM   #75
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What great work! I love this thread!

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Old 12-09-2019, 09:49 PM   #76
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There is a mask that rc car guys use, I just went to the local hobby shop, paint on, gently peel off.
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Old 12-10-2019, 02:43 PM   #77
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Having never tried this, I think the easiest is to spray paint the area where the strips go first, then mask with tape of the right width, then spray the overall color and remove the stripe mask.
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Old 12-10-2019, 06:18 PM   #78
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Thanks guys for the comments and I am happy to know it is a enjoyable thread.

Today I took one step backwards. I media blasted the brass shell and removed the paint and primer. I may just primer the frame instead of media blasting it. The next few days will be in the 70's so I should be able to primer and paint.

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Old 12-13-2019, 04:25 PM   #79
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Yesterday I primed the shell and frame. Today I painted both pieces Erie/Lackawanna gray. When the gray dries I will paint the nose,rear and pilot Erie/Lackawanna yellow.
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Old 12-21-2019, 04:42 PM   #80
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I was finally able to get it painted in between the windy and rainy days we have been having. The colors are Erie Lackawanna Yellow and Gray. I used Tru-color paints TCP-142 gray and TCP-144 yellow. Now I need to get some decals, lights and number boards.

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