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Maxi Mask and
Super Mask

 

1/32 Scale

Montex Model Club

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue No.,   Description and Price See listing below for available 1/32 scale sets
Available online from Karaya
Contents and Media: Black and/or grey flexible, self-adhesive vinyl masks for canopies, wheels, national markings, codes and serials
Scale: 1/32 (also available in other scales)
Review Type: FirstLook and FirstMask
Advantages: Good selection available; strong adhesive but no residue left on parts; no seepage or leakage under masks; well thought-out design; different thickness masks for different functions; Super Masks include colour instructions plus camouflage schemes.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook

 

Back in January I reviewed a new range of self-adhesive vinyl masks for aircraft in various scales called Maxi Mask.  The masks cover canopies, wheels, national markings, codes and serial numbers.

Mini Masks were also released at the same time, covering canopies and wheels alone.

Now Plastic Model Club of Poland has released a new range to join these first two called Super Mask. This series addresses the sole criticism I had of the other sets - lack of colour and markings instructions. Super Masks include masks for the outside and inside of canopies, wheels, national markings and individual markings plus colour diagrams in four views of the camouflage schemes covered.

The masks are presented in two different varieties of vinyl. Masks for national markings, codes and serials are die-cut from a pale grey-green, thin translucent material very similar to Eduard masks. This material is fairly flexible, and the adhesive is quite low-tack (ie, not very sticky). This is fine for these larger shapes which do not have to be fitted around complex curves.

Masks for canopies and wheels are delivered on thicker, black vinyl with a much stronger adhesive. This is also ideal for canopy masking as the black vinyl provides high contrast to line up against canopy frames, and the strong adhesive won't let paint leak under the edges of the masks during spraying.

I used some of the Maxi Masks back in January with very good results - no paint bleeding under the masks and no sticky residue after the material was removed from the kit.

Below is a listing of Mini Masks, Maxi Masks and Super Masks currently available in 1/32 scale:

 

Item No. Description Price (USD$)
  SM32001    Bf-109 G-6 HAS MINI MASK (canopy)     2,30
  SM32002    Bf-109 G-4 REV MINI MASK (canopy)     2,30
  SM32003    D-520 AZUR MINI MASK (canopy)     1,90
  SM32004    Fw-190 D-9 HAS MINI MASK (canopy)     2,30
  SM32005    Bf-109 G-14 HAS MINI MASK (canopy)     2,30
  SM32006    F4U-1D Corsair TRU MINI MASK (canopy)     2,30
  SM32007    Me-109 K-4 HAS MINI MASK (canopy)     2,30
  SM32008    MiG-3 TRU MINI MASK (canopy)     2,30
  SM32009    P-40 B Tomahawk TRU MINI MASK (canopy)     2,30
  SM24001    Bf-109 G-6 TRU MINI MASK (canopy) 1/24     2,30
  SM24002    Spitfire Mk.Vb TRU MINI MASK (canopy) 1/24     2,30
  32001    Bf-109 G-6 HAS (4 sheets) MAXI MASK     4,70
  32002    Bf-109 G-4 REV (4 sheets) MAXI MASK     4,70
  32003    Dewoitine D.520 AZUR (3 sheets) MAXI MASK     4,70
  32004    Fw-190 D-9 HAS (4 sheets) MAXI MASK     4,70
  32005    Bf-109 G-14 HAS (4 sheets) MAXI MASK     4,70
  32006    F4U-1D Corsair TRU (5 sheets) MAXI MASK     4,90
  32007    Me-109 K-4 TRU (4 sheets) MAXI MASK     4,70
  32008    MiG-3 TRU (4 sheets) MAXI MASK     4,70
  32009    P-40 B Tomahawk TRU (5 sheets) MAXI MASK     4,90
  24001    Me-109 G-6 TRU (5 sheets) MAXI MASK 1/24     4,70
  K32001    F4U-1D Corsair TRU (5 sheets) SUPER MASK     5,90
  K32002    P-40 B (AVG, RAF) TRU (5 sheets) SUPER MASK     6,90
  K32003    MiG-3 TRU (4 sheets) SUPER MASK     5,90
  K32004    Me-109 K-4 HAS (4 sheets) SUPER MASK     5,90
  K24001    Spitfire Mk.Vb TRU (6 sheets) SUPER MASK 1/24     8,50
  MM01    Foil - stripes 1mm-10mm     2,50
  MM02    Foil - 2 sheets     2,90

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Maxi Mask was a very effective masking solutions for a growing range of models. With its colour camouflage reference, Super Mask takes the idea one step further.

This method of masking national marking and individual numbers is especially useful in larger scales, but will also be a good option for 1/48 scale.

Recommended.

Thanks to Dariusz Korczynski from Plastic Model Club for the review sample


Maxi Mask is available online from Karaya


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