Arado Ar196A Express Mask
Eduard has released another set of die-cut flexible masks and this one is for the 1/32 Revell AR196A kit (No. 04688). This set includes all of the required masks for every piece of “glass”. The material used is not unlike the material that Tamiya uses for their masking tape. It has the same holding qualities and peels off easily without leaving any residue. I coat all of my “glass” with a layer of Future which also helps to stop the glue from sticking. If you don’t use anything on your “glass”, a light stick to the backside of your hand should take care of the residue, if any.
Anyway, the fit is right on and it has a slight stretching quality to it if you feel the need to do so. I was one of those guys who would spend lots of time masking with tape and even though it came out good, trying these masks just once convinced me that all the effort and time was wasted and all that time spent could have been put to better use. After the first try I was hooked. I don’t have to worry about the knife slipping and leaving a slice mark on the part or having to re-do it because I cut too short. The example shows the mask with no cutting to make it fit. It went on perfectly.
I have attached a few of the masks to the “glass” and the fit was right on the money. No experience is necessary but a steady hand would help. I would definitely recommend these masks for this kit and I’d bet that all of their other masks would fit just as well.
My sincere thanks go out to Eduard Model Accessories Ltd for the sample and IPMS/USA for providing me with the opportunity to review this product.