1/35 Disc Camo Masks Part 1

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1/35 Disc Camo Masks Part 1

There are a lot of fans of Wehrmacht projects that never saw the light of day. 1946 would’ve been a year full of innovations and interesting designs. Many of those secret and unreleased projects have been released by the modeling companies. They created them using drawings, pictures, sketches and so on. Accurate or not,
those models are out there and along with them, many options for camouflages and additional aftermarket appears.
Disc camouflage was popular with Nazi vehicles before the end of the war, not to mention what would have been during 1946. It can be seen on STUGs, Hetzers, Panthers. A friend of mine, owner of TI Hobbies, decided to make a model that features such camouflage.
We discussed the option of DN Models to put out a mask set for disc camouflage with two different patterns. Equal size roundels and different size roundels.
In this article /divided into two parts/ we will make a follow-through of the process of painting a model using type 1 of those masks. “Type 1” are the masks with equal size roundels. The model used is Trumpeter E-75 Flakpanzer:

The mask set features enough masks to complete the whole model without worries, plus additional spots in case they are needed for repairs or for different patterns. In addition to that, masks can be re-used if carefully removed from the model. They leave no glue or stains over the paint, nor peel it off.
It is more interesting to follow the process of masking the model and painting over the covered areas. Then to see the end results. It is quite stunning!
Completed and painted model just before masking
Three tone camo to make it look more interesting after round camouflage is applied

In part 1 we will show you how the turret job worked out for us. In part 2 – the rest of the tank. As you can see from the pictures above, the tank looks great even without disc camouflage, so imagine the end result.
So, here is the masked turret:

Then, painted with yellow paint, as eventually Germans did during the war. Yellow was based color for most of their tanks, so its logical to have more of that and use it in cases like that.
Here is the painted turret, just before removing of the masks:

The masks were left on the tank overnight to let the paint cure properly, and to make sure that our test will give the best results possible. That means not to damage the paint upon removal, even after some time have passed after masking and painting. This might seem not so important to some, but a lot of the modelers out there are busy and have no time to stay on the bench for a long time day after day until they finish their project.
Anyway, here is the result on the next day:

This is actually the FIRST photo of mask removal. And the first success of our testing process.
The turret without the masks.

As you can see, the results are pretty satisfying! Of course, the model is far from completion. But in part 2 we will show you the completed turret, and with a little luck – one fine built and interesting model!

Stay tuned for it, coming soon!

For more info about the turret results, check out the video of it:
Special thanx to TI Hobbies! Amazing job – as usual!

 

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