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Camo mask sets
Spitfire Camo scheme A
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by: Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]

Introduction
Well it really was only a matter of time before Eduard got round to making camo masks for aircraft and thier first forays are destined for Airfix's 1/48th Spitfire and Hurricane kits.
Two mask sets are available for the Spitfire kit, the A scheme Item No EX469, and the B scheme, item No EX472.
Eduard also produce masks for Airfix's 1/48th Hurricane kit (No A05127), A scheme, Item No EX470 and the B scheme, Item No EX473. All the masks are used the same way.

In the bag
Two sheets of masks are supplied, with one for the fuselage and the other for the wings. The masks are made of the same Kabuki tape that Eduard supply for thier canopy masks. A set of instructions complete the packaging.
The masks are full sets for each upper camo colour, so in theory you can use this set twice.
The instructions however only show the masks covering the dark earth areas.

Using the masks
Now not having the Airfix kit, I used the Eduard Spitfire Mk.IXe kit that I built for a review. This kit has the clipped wings so you will have to bear that in mind. Instead of using dark earth and green, I went for the first two paints that I grabbed out of my draw, which was black for the green and blue for the Dark earth, makes it more colourful anyway lol.
The first stage of the process is spraying the underside colour. The next step is to attach the masks for the demarcation lines along the lower fuselage, once these are in place the dark earth (black on my build) areas are sprayed.
Once all this is dry the masking process can begin.
Attaching and postioning the first mask is a little trail and error, but once the first mask is in place the rest follow pretty easily.
Once all the masks are in place, the green (blue on my build) colour can be applied. Once the paint has dried the masks can be removed, and hey presto, one hard edged camo scheme is on.
No residue is left by the masks once you take them off, and if you are careful you could use them again.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Easy to use
Lows: Can only be of use if you need a hard edge camo scheme.
Verdict: The masks sets are easy to use and apply and do save a lot of time making your own masks. The only downside is that some aircraft had a soft edge camo scheme, which the mask sets don't really do.
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: See Text
  Suggested Retail: 9.60
  PUBLISHED: Sep 02, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.81%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.39%

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About Andy Brazier (betheyn)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM

I started modelling in the 70's with my Dad building Airfix aircraft kits. The memory of my Dad and I building and painting a Avro Lancaster on the kitchen table will always be with me. I then found a friend who enjoyed building models, and between us I think we built the entire range of 1/72 Airfi...

Copyright 2018 text by Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



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