For this 1/3-scale RC Thomas Morse S4B, I used Replicraft 1/5-scale plans for reference. They embrace the whole lot wanted to construct a full-scale plane not to mention a mannequin. You’ll be able to see my total constructing thread on the Radio Management Scale Builder discussion board (rcscalebuilder.com), which incorporates a number of images of all of the scratch-built particulars. For colour & markings documentation, I used the “Official Monogram U.S. Military & Air Corp. Plane Coloration Information, Vol 1, 1908 – 1941) e-book to verify the whole lot was appropriate. It’s complete and contains plenty of diagrams and actual paint colour chips. I made a decision to strive mixing my very own colours which turned out to be pretty simple utilizing Dave Platt’s Black Arts DVD collection.
I then took my wing star insignia drawings together with the serial quantity and different nomenclature to a neighborhood vinyl signal store. They reduce the whole lot for my paint masks in about 4 days for less than $45. In comparison with utilizing shelf paper and a no. 11 X-Acto, it was a discount for effort and time.
Making use of Masks
The fuselage and tail markings are simple being a single colour (black) and so they had been good and easy because of the masks. For the wing insignia nevertheless, there are loads of steps to color the star and circle markings. Right here we go.
ONE: First apply the outer circle masks. I get them in place and tape a “hinge” on one aspect and take away half the backing, stick it down after which end the opposite half. This ensures it’s precisely the place I would like it.
TWO: Roll it again and take away a strip of the backing. That strip attaches the sting and “locks in” the place on the wing.
THREE: Subsequent is to take away the remainder of the backing paper and lay the masks down. Observe that the entrance switch paper holds the circle completely and doesn’t enable it to flop round which makes correct home-made circles so tough.
FOUR: As soon as the masks is in place, I take the entrance launch paper off in strips as it’s simpler.
FIVE: Right here the masks is uncovered and prepared for the primary paint utility
SIX: First I marked out the 5 factors with a protractor. These don’t should be very exact, simply shut. Then I painted a tough star form in white.
SEVEN: Right here the star masks is in place however you possibly can’t see the place to place it as a result of the backing isn’t clear. (Observe that the masks is white vinyl, the paint store ran out of the yellow.)
EIGHT: The answer is to chop the backing paper away from the star factors. The entrance sheet is considerably clear, so the star factors could be place exactly utilizing the pencil marks on the outer circle masks.
NINE: As soon as the star masks is in place, peel again half of the masks. Right here it’s pealed and the backing paper is eliminated. The three factors are nonetheless hooked up to the entrance switch paper to take care of register.
TEN: And similar to the primary outer circle, as soon as the primary half is down, the remainder of the backing could be eliminated. Now the entrance switch paper could be eliminated.
ELEVEN: Whereas it’s arduous to see, on this image the white star masks is firmly hooked up the place it must be.
TWELVE: Right here the blue paint has been utilized and the star masks has been eliminated. Observe the small circle masks is for the purple star middle.
THIRTEEN: As soon as once more, finding the masks when you possibly can’t see by it presents an issue. For my answer I used 5 straight edge rulers to align the middle masks. This was then taped alongside one edge, folded again to take away the backing after which re-applied, after which I eliminated the highest switch paper.
FOURTEEN: Right here’s the ultimate purple circle has been painted utilizing the masks. The remainder of the marking was coated with masking tape earlier than making use of the paint. With all of the masking eliminated, the US wing insignia is full.
FIFTEEN: And listed here are the 2 prime wings assembled to test the ultimate impact. The insignia markings are very giant.
SIXTEEN: The registration numbers and nomenclature markings had been merely utilized utilizing reduce vinyl. Neat and exact.
SEVENTEEN: The ultimate magnificence shot, the mannequin involves life with the ultimate portray full.
Textual content & Photographs by Martin Irvine
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