1. Paint the appropriate deck area white and leave to fully cure for a few days.
2. Obtain (from the internet or books) the deck plans produced by Regio Marina and print out. Trim the appropriate area of the plan to fit the deck and using a fine scalpel blade mark the deck edge where each stripe finishes.
3. Using a flexible steel rule aline across the deck between appropriate markings. Be careful, it is very easy at the start to aline the wrong markings.
4. Using the back edge of a Swan Morton No.15 scalpel inscribe a line from deck edge to deck edge. Carry out item 4 for every line.
5. Using the appropriate shade of red paint, carefully brush paint the stripes. When close to the stripe edge the paint will flow into the lines previously inscribed and will not overflow.
6. Repeat item 5 for all stripes.
This procedure overcomes the problems encountered because of the number of bits and bobs on the forecastle deck and quarterdeck that preclude using decals. I highly recommend this method to you.
: I am building the Trumpeter 1/700 Littorio
: with the red and white recognition stripes
: both fore and aft. There is a lot of small
: detail molded on both sections of the deck,
: and my question is how to mask over and
: around all this detail to airbrush the
: stripes. I am planning on painting the
: white, then masking it off and painting the
: red over it. But what material will have
: the flexibility to work over these small
: details yet still preserve the hard,
: straight edge necessary?