The product for review today is J's Work Airbrush Camo-Mask for KT, 1/35th, Henschel Turret, Camouflage Scheme 2. First off, I'm not going to get into the discussion on how "accurate" this pattern is, which tank companies may have used it, if it can be used for Hard/Soft edge camouflage. I'm here to review the ease of use and possible benefits or draw backs this may have for the model maker that would like to use this product in future.
J's Work has come up with this idea for those painters that feel masking a tank off is too much of a pain and too time consuming. Well, judging from the look of this product, that maybe true. We shall see.
The material used for this mask comes on two sheets of laser cut or punched painters tape. The main sheet is for the hull and sides. A center piece has "Front" typed in it so the user knows which way the mask is to be placed on the kit. The letters "B" Red brown, "G" Dark green, "Y" Dark yellow are also printed on the page. These letters are on both sheets. These are to let the user know the colors to be used according to the User Guide.
The second sheet is for the turret and the gun barrel. Again, "front" is printed on these also so the painter knows which way is up.
The User Guide is printed on a single piece of heavy paper to help protect the mask from being bent during shipping. The whole thing is wrapped in plastic with a flap on the bottom so you can reseal it. I have no idea why that is when youíre going to toss it after you use it. I'm not sure how many uses you can get out of the mask before the tape starts not to stick any more.
Now, itís at this time I'd like to point out that if Airbrushing is not your cup of tea, then this product could be used if one chooses to Hand paint their models.
Also, J's Work does not say what kit, Tamiya, Dragon, Academy, AFV Club, this would be best suited for, therefore we can "assume" that this would be a "one size fits all" product.
Now as for easy of use, looks easy enough to understand just by viewing the User Guide. Placing the mask on to a kit looks to be straight forward, place sheet on hull, fold, press down sides, paint, repeat.
Highs: Easy to use. Press, fold, paint, repeat. Lows: Not sure how many kits this fits. One size fits all?
Value: $6.99 for one shot verses roll of painters tape at Home Depot $3.64. No contest.
Verdict: Personally, for $6.99 and one shot, a roll of painters tape goes further. Call me old school. Just my opinion.
Good idea and I might consider it if I was doing production work.
About Brian Culbertson (BigfootV) FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES
Retried Long Haul Truck Driver, currently attending Culinary school in Denver. Construction for 15 yrs., Drummer for 10 yrs. away from work. Married, one child, 20 yr old with Autism.
Model builder since 1977. Started with 1/48 aircraft, WW2, lost interest. Toyed around with other scales, then fou...