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  1. Grumman F-14A Tomcat Flexible Masks (for Tamiya) 1:48 Galaxy Model Tamiya's new Tomcat is a masterpiece of injection moulding as of time of writing, and although it's kind of expensive, it's become the de facto F-14A of choice in 1:48 for many. The Tomcat generally wore either all-over grey, or the old hi-viz grey over white, which begs the question why you'd need masks. Good question – we're glad you asked, and looking at the instruction sheet below will give you some answers to that question. The set arrives in a thick ziplok bag with two sheets of kabuki-style masking material, one clear adhesive-backed transfer sheet, instructions and a small bag with two pieces of pre-cut iridescent "holographic" film to replicate the elusive look of the centre panel of the windscreen. This set of masks is designed for the Tamiya kit, and sets about providing the modeller with a really helpful masking set that extends way beyond simple canopy masks, although they too are included. The canopy is masked by the usual full set of masks for the canopy, with compound curved handled by using frame hugging masks, while the highly curved gaps are in-filled with either liquid mask or offcuts from the background tape. The same process is applied to the inside of the canopy, and the optical film is applied to the inside of the centre windscreen panel, adding a substantial bit of realism to the canopy. There are also masks for the anti-glare panels that apparently differed between squadrons, so take care to apply the correct ones. The top panels on the intakes have a complex ladder-style mask applied to each one, with the transfer film coming in handy here, as explained below. There are masks for the vents against the spine, at the base of the twin tails, at the rear of the airbrake, and even the underside. The wings have panels masked along their length as well as the leading edge, and the elevons have leading edge masks too. The exhausts get the full treatment, with a bucket-load of small masks that will make the finished item really pop once they have been removed. Finally there are masks for the stripy arrestor hook, the exhausts of the AIM-54 Phoenix missiles, and you guessed it, the wheels! Conclusion A fine set of masks that takes some of the intricacies out of painting your new wünderkit will be a boon, especially if you're not all that fond of masking. The addition of the optical film is just gravy. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. PLA ZTZ-96B Main Battle Tank Masks & Improvement Set (35003 for Meng) 1:35 Galaxy Model Our friends at Galaxy Model have been busy again, and this new set from them allows the modeller to execute the digital camo scheme that was seen at the 11th Airshow, Chinas North industries Coproration Exhibition, Zhuhai, China in November 2016. The Type 96 is one of China's MBTs, with the B being a 2016 upgrade of the earlier A (no surprise there), with improved systems and enhanced power pack delivering power to a lightened and tuned set of running gear. This particular scheme was first seen at the show, and has a sand brown and olive green digital camouflage over a light sand base colour, which extends down to the sideskirts, with the wheels painted different colours, rather than having the digital pattern. The set is designed for the Meng kit, and arrives in a sturdy ziplok bag, which at first glance appears just to be a set of kabuki tape masks to accomplish the complex paint job. Once you open the bag however, you see that it is also a fairly substantial and interesting upgrade to the final finish of your model, with some really cool additions adding to the value. The contents are as follows: 2 x pre-cut kabuki tape masks 1 x instruction sheet with profiles 1 x clear sticky-backed mask transfer sheet 1 x decal sheet with various Chinese flags 2 x Photo-Etch (PE) wheel masks for both types of wheel 1 x tin foil sheet 1 x sticky-backed pre-cut holographic film for vision blocks 1 x paper key for the holographic film parts 2 x wire for antennae Going from top to bottom, the kabuki tape is pre-cut and marked using red ink numbers that correspond to the instruction sheet, with the sides written on each section for your ease. Do be careful handling these, as the ink can smudge, leaving you guessing at the numbers. The clear plastic sheet can be used as a transfer sheet to carry the more delicate masks to the model, and the decal sheet is for the national flags, which are affixed to the foil sheet to obtain a realistic drape mimicking material. The PE masks are for the road and idler wheels, allowing you to spray the centres after painting the rubber "tyres", without having to do any masking or hand-painting. The holographic film is sticky-backed and pre-cut to fit the kit clear parts, and the paper key gives you the part numbers for cross referencing on the instruction sheet. They will impart an almost ethereal sheen to the vision blocks to represent their anti-dazzle coating. Finally the two lengths of wire (not pictured) are taped to the rear of the header card, and are cut to length to replicate the antennae. It would be worthwhile rounding off the top of the cut parts to avoid poking yourself in the eye at some future date, as although it would still hurt, a jagged end would hurt much more. Conclusion What a great set! I just wish I had the model now, so I could get to use it. The instructions are concise, the parts highly innovative in places, and it shows a level of understanding of the modeller and the modelling process that is nice to see. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. F-35A Die-Cut Flexible Mask (for Meng) 1:48 Galaxy Model If you read my review of the new tooling from Meng here, you'll have seen me mention it a couple of times. My reason for this is simple. It is an almost mandatory purchase if you value your sanity, or dislike complex masking jobs of any shape or form. Due to the different types of RAM applied to the F-35's skin, there are two distinct shades of grey, with a lighter shade around many of the raised areas, and a lot of the flush panel edges too. Without pre-cut masks it makes for a rather tiresome an long-winded masking session encompassing almost every part of the airframe. This set of pre-cut flexible masks endeavours to make that job much easier for you, with a large sheet of yellow Kabuki tape that has been cut and numbered up to 221 in red print, and a detailed photographic instruction sheet that shows you exactly where each mask goes. It's still a fairly large task, but infinitely easier than creating each mask by hand as you must otherwise do. The masks go onto the model after the application of the darker of the two greys, and when the set has been applied completely, you need to complete the wings and empennage with straight masking jobs. This has been done to reduce the amount of masking material needed and thereby the cost of the set. Even I can mask straight lines myself! The tricky shapes on the fin roots and at the tips of the wings have been provided for you however, so your work shouldn't take you too long. You also need to mask up all the areas between the detailed sections to prevent overspray. There is a sheet of clear acetate supplied that can be used as a transfer sheet as per the accompanying photograph too, which will assist in preventing any stretching of the masks due to mishandling. With everything completed, the lighter grey is sprayed over the entirety of the exposed airframe, assuming you have the presence of mind to mask any open bays and the clear parts yourself… you did, didn't you? Masks have even been included for the tyre sidewalls, the tips of the exhaust, the chin-mounted EOTS targeting system and two small lenses in front of the canopy. Kabuki tape is famous for its flexibility and its clean removal, so as long as you have prepared your model properly before painting, the dangers of paint lifting should be minimal, but always remember to pull tape at an acute angle to the surface, to reduce the forces on the paint finish and further reduce the likelihood of any paint lifting. Galaxy Model are in the process of facilitating easier ordering, as well as re-vamping their website, but you can presently buy the masks on what I assume is the Chinese equivalent of eBay, TaoBao! Hopefully, we'll see them take on a European distributor soon, and make it much easier to get hold of their products. They already have a new batch heading our way, so expect to see those reviewed in due course. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
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