Recently I was given the opportunity by IPMS USA to review Eduard's canopy masks for the new 1/48 Airfix P-51D Mustang kit. One of the first things to notice with this product is the excellent presentation of the packaging with the easy to open flap. Package includes a single sheet of kabuki paper masks for the canopy panels, landing lights, and wheel hubs.
Upon removal of the masks from the package I could easily remove the masks from the paper and apply to appropriate section of the canopy. The instructions included with the masks gives you a good feel for which panel you are working with compared to how canopy is sectioned off. The masks lay down well and no trimming had to be done to center up the masks with the canopy framing. The main canopy has to be masked with extra tape or a liquid mask, you only get the outer frame.
Once I had airbrushed the interior color on the canopies, I let dry for a couple of days and then sprayed the overall color. After allowing time for the 2ndcoat to dry I could easily remove the masks and ended up with nice, crisp framework detail and clean, clear canopies. The wheel hub masks are supplied as outer circumferential parts only due to raised details on the hubs. I did not use these for masking due to use of the Brassin wheels for this aircraft from Eduard, which come with masks of their own.
Overall the masks are a great addition to the Airfix kit, if you are the modeler that doesn't like to mask stuff by hand then these are for you. I recommend these to anyone that has minimal skills in building model aircraft.
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