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Re: 1/350 Trumpeter Roma
That's a good looking battlewagon Chuck.
I did the same as Jim except I used Tamiya tape. (Perhaps the Parafilm would have required less touch up)
After both colors were well dried I applied artist's oil washes to each color to bring out the details. I used normal lampblack on the Rosso Matone but it was too harsh for the white. So I used a Portland Gray wash on the white. It was tricky keeping them separate, but to me, I thought it was worth it. In real life IMO they are totally satisfactory. For some brutal closeups you can go here... http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/bb/it/Roma-350-cb/index.htm
When I painted the stripes in 1/700 scale I used Parafilm. I started by painting the entire area white. Then I stretched Parafilm over the whole area, and made sure I had it sealed down over all the raised detail on the deck. Then I used a new, sharp No 11 blade to cut away the Parafilm from the stripes to be painted red. To guide the cuts, I used a strip of thin balsa sheet with a true edge. I marked where I wanted the red stripes to begin and end on the deck edge, then lined up the balsa strip with the marks and pushed it down, gently but firmly. The balsa was soft enough to push down over the raised deck details and give a straight line template along which the cutting blade could be guided. Once the cuts were made, I removed the Parafilm from the areas I wanted to be be red, and airbrushed them. Finally I removed all the Parafilm, did a little touch up with a brush, and the job was done.
Started work on 1/350 Trumpy Roma. What a Beautiful kit. What is the best way to mask the fore deck to paint the red and white stripes. seems with all the detail on the deck it would be hard to mask without bleed through. Is the light grey for the midships deck correct? Thanks for any help. Steve Turets
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