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Kirley

Masking curves on locomotive fronts.

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Not the easiest thing to get completely accurate and is so obvious if its not. This is my current method but I’m sure that are other better ones out there.

 

I measure out the pattern and draw it on MS Publisher. That way the curves are completely accurate. I magnify the drawing up to 400% to get everything right. Then it a matter of selecting the drawing (using the select objects button) and paste into Word and print it off.

 

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I apply a length of Tamiya Masking Tape to my cutting mat and then place the pattern on top of it cutting through the paper and masking tape underneath.

 

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It’s straight forward applying the tape if the surface is flat but invariably there will be lights in the way. If that’s the case I place the tape over the light marking out it’s circumference and using a small drill to get the center. Then I put the tape back on the cutting mat and drill a larger hole and make a number of small cuts across the hole. It’s worthwhile using a new cutting blade.

 

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Then place the tape back over the area gently easing it over the headlight and cutting off any waste.

 

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Don’t forget the mirror image of your pattern to mask for the second colour.

 

Hope this makes sense.

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