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      Post #74475, posted on 02-12-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Iíve looked at some of the photos on this site and would like to know what to use for masking for the bare metal engine inlets so as to get a straight line all the way around the engine. Iíve tried the Tamiya tape but canít quite get it to conform around the engine due to the contour. Any help is appreciated.

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      Post #74476, posted on 02-12-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi, cut the tape as thinly as possible for example about 1mm wide. Place one end on the underside of the engine and wrap the tape around the engine keeping a firm pull on the tape to stop it from wrinkling. When you're back round to the underside match up to the starting point and remove the excess.
      By starting on the underside you'll be hiding any rough join. The key I find is maintaining a tight pull on the tape and keeping it thin.
      After you're happy with the masking, use small squares of tape and go round applying these to the thin tape, overlapping to fill the gaps. Then stuff the intake with tissue and dampen this to mask off the blades.

      For the intake colour I use anything from dark aluminium through to dull matt up to bright metal.
      Hope you can understand and get some assistance with this?

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      Post #74480, posted on 02-12-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      The method Jeff is describing works very well and yields great results.
      I use it as well.
      You can even buy 1mm tape if you want to avoid the cutting.

      However, I more often use another method that works even better:

      Tamiya 2 mm masking tape for curves.
      #ITEM 87177--460

      This stunning flexible tape is able to bend smoothly around positive and negative curves
      and works great for curved cheatlines, white/silver delineations and engine intakes.

      Also for this curve tape, remember Jeffs important advice: maintain a tight pull on the tape !!!

      My advice would be: For very small intake parts (e.g. on a 737-200 engine) use Jeffs technique.
      For any larger intakes (e.g. 737-300 or larger) or color delineations use the Tamiya Curve Tape.

      If you aim at masking straight and curved (e.g. white/silver) delineation make sure to use the normal 6 mm Tamiya tape for the straight part and the Tamiya curved tape for the curved parts only. The reason is that you wont be able to mask straight lines with the curve tape as it loves to bend )

      Cheers

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      Post #74481, posted on 02-12-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Christian thanks for the advice to try Tamiya curve tape, I must get some soon.

      Jeff

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      Post #74482, posted on 02-12-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      You are very welcome Jeff,
      this tape is a little piece of magic and avoids so much headache )
      Since I use it a lot of big problems vanished into thin air!

      This brings me upon asking a follow-up question:

      How do you guys mask exact curves for

      - small black radome snub noses (like Pan Am used them)
      - wheels (in case there is no groove where color can flow around)

      Would be great to collect ideas how to do that!

      Many thanks,

      Christian

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      Post #74483, posted on 02-12-2020 GMT-5 hours    
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      lichtjahre :
      You are very welcome Jeff,
      this tape is a little piece of magic and avoids so much headache )
      Since I use it a lot of big problems vanished into thin air!

      This brings me upon asking a follow-up question:

      How do you guys mask exact curves for

      - small black radome snub noses (like Pan Am used them)
      - wheels (in case there is no groove where color can flow around)

      Would be great to collect ideas how to do that!

      Many thanks,

      Christian




      At least these might help specially with the nose:

      https://shop.maketar.com/?product=nose-cone-masking-kit-ultimate-masking-solution-for-curved-objects

      Br,

      Kusti

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      Post #74484, posted on 02-12-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Oh great Kusti,
      I came across this set some time ago but forgot about it!

      Thanks for the reminder!

      I immediatley ordered their amazing range of Kabuki masking tapes
      for nose cones, cockpit and wheel masking in various sizes.

      https://shop.maketar.com/?product_cat=utility-masks

      That should be of amazing help!

      Cheers,
      Christian

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      Post #74485, posted on 02-12-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      You're welcome Christian.

      For wheel painting I mainly use Arctic Decals roundel vinyl painting masks. You may find (almost) every imaginable size there.

      https://www.arcticdecals.com/tuotteet.html?id=21459/

      (scroll down little)

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      Post #74486, posted on 02-12-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      For the black noses I have used very thin black line decal to demarcate the rear edge. Keep things wet and you can shift it until you think its perfect. Then, once dry and sealed to stay put, I handbrush a matt black coat onto the exposed nose. A coat of Future/Kleer then matches it to the decal.