Propeller Hub Spirals

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  1. fubar57

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    What is the best way to paint spirals on a propeller hub? I know you have to paint the base coat, add masking tape, then add the top coat. My problem is, I cut a length of the proper width masking tape but when I apply it to the hub, it never lays(lies?) flat even when I burnish it. Is there a specific way the tape should be cut? Any help would be great.

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    Thanks Wojtek. That sure looks a lot easier than tape, but as a wielder of the hairy stick, I'm not sure if that's for me. Might give it a go and worst comes to worst....paint remover.

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    I see. Also you can make it as a decal marking.
     
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    Geo, if you want to use tape, the thing is the mask needs to form a curve. I did this for my Tamiya He 219. I had spiral decals for an FW 190 and traced the curve onto paper, cut out the paper and traced the pattern onto masking tape. Because the spinners are very similar in size and shape, this worked quite well (see sequence of shots below). For different shapes of spinner, try cutting paper templates until you get something that works for you, then transfer to the masking tape.
     

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    Good one Andy.
     
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    Great idea Andy, have a few German fighters down stairs somewhere and I'm pretty sure they have spirals. Next time. Trying to finish the model off and free-handed the spiral. Not the best but done. Again, thanks for the tip.

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    don't eduard have precut Spiral masks? I know i have seen them somewhere....
     
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    Yes, and there are also spiral decals, in various scales, colours and sizes, from at least two manufacturers. Can't remember who off hand though!
     
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    Very nice tips! Thanks for sharing it!
     
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    Yeah get the premade spiral decal sets. So much easier. From what I remember you can purchase packs of them. I really like the sticky tack idea, looks good.
     
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