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Black Magic 
Wheel Hub, Camouflage
and Canopy Masks

Cutting Edge

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Numbers, Scale and Price: See table below for details
Contents and Media: Each set contains one adhesive-backed black vinyl die-cut sheet and instructions
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Time saving; admirable range to cover original kits and after-market accessories; will deliver crisp results; excellent adhesion prevents paint "bleed" under masks; does not leave sticky adhesive on clear plastic on removal.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended to moderately experienced modellers as a way to avoid a fiddly and widely disliked task.


Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook


Black Magic Masks continue to expand their ever expanding range.

This batch includes masks for RV bands, camouflage schemes, canopies and wheels. The subjects seem especially eclectic, with commercially popular models such as Trumpeter's P-40 and F4U Corsairs, to the downright obscure. Who would have expected to see Black Magic masks for Resitech's 1/72 scale TSR-1, or Fonderie Miniature's H-21? Nice to see the esoteric subjects get a guernsey!

Perhaps the most welcome releases this time around are the canopy masks for Hasegawa's 1/72 scale B-25 and Heinkel He 111, with their complex glasshouse noses.

As discussed in earlier reviews of Black Magic masks, Black Magic masks are appropriate for any moderately experienced modeller who already dabbles with cutting their own masks from tape. A little practice may be required to correctly position the masks, and to avoid stretching the vinyl during application. Try practicing with scrap material before committing the first mask to your model.

I have used Black Magic masks extensively over the years, and they deliver consistently good results because:

  1. they fit

  2. the adhesive is strong enough that paint does not bleed under the masks

  3. the black vinyl is tough enough that it does not easily stretch, but is flexible enough to cope with subtle curves

  4. the adhesive does not leave a residue on the clear plastic

With careful handling, the wheel masks should be re-usable. Due to the high risk of paint bleeding, it will be safest to assume that the canopy masks can only be used once.

These sets will be a handy accessory for the large number of modellers who hate masking!

Their latest releases include:
 

Scale Item Number Description Price USD
1/32 CEBM32076  Fw 190A Reich Defense Bands for Hasegawa  $9.99
1/32 CEBM32080  P-40B/C Canopy Masks for Trumpeter  $7.99
1/32 CEBM32081  P-40B/C RAF/AVG Camouflage Masks for Trumpeter  $14.99
1/32 CEBM32082  F/A-18C Canopy Masks for Academy  $6.99
1/32 CEBM32083  Bf 109G-10/Bf 109K-4 Canopy & Wheel Hubs Masks for Hasegawa  $6.99
1/32 CEBM32084  P-51D Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Monogram  $6.99
1/32 CEBM32085  F4U-1D Corsair Canopy Masks for Trumpeter  $5.99
1/32 CEBM32088  F4U-4 Corsair Canopy Masks for Trumpeter  $5.99
1/35 CEBM35007  UH-1D Canopy Masks for Panda  $7.99
1/35 CEBM35008  UH-1N Canopy Masks for Panda  $5.99
1/35 CEBM35010  Mi-8/Mi-17 Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Trumpeter  $8.99
1/35 CEBM35011  Mi-24 Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Trumpeter  $8.99
1/48 CEBM48549  AV-8B Harrier II+ Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Hasegawa  $4.99
1/48 CEBM48550  Super Mystere Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Fonderie Miniatures  $4.99
1/48 CEBM48551  Vautor IIN Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Hi-Tech  $5.99
1/48 CEBM48552  F-5A Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Classic Airframes  $4.99
1/48 CEBM48553  F-5B Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Classic Airframes  $5.99
1/48 CEBM48554  T-38 Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Sword  $4.99
1/48 CEBM48555  CH-46 Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Academy  $8.99
1/48 CEBM48556  P-40B/C RAF/AVG Camouflage Painting Masks for Trumpeter  $12.99
1/48 CEBM48557  Mirage III/V Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Eduard  $4.99
1/48 CEBM48558  SH-60 Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Italeri  $8.99
1/48 CEBM48559  H-21 Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for FM  $8.99
1/48 CEBM48560  Martin Maryland Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for FM  $8.99
1/48 CEBM48561  P-40B Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Trumpeter  $4.99
1/72 CEBM72169  SR-71 Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Hasegawa  $4.99
1/72 CEBM72170  TSR-2 Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Resitech/Aardvark/Heritage  $4.99
1/72 CEBM72171  B-25J Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Hasegawa  $6.99
1/72 CEBM72172  He 111 Canopy & Wheel Hub Masks for Hasegawa  $6.99

 

Recommended.

Thanks to Cutting Edge Modelworks for the preview images and information


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This Page Created on 27 November, 2004
Last updated 28 November, 2004

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