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Snebjorn09 Jul 2007 1:27 a.m. PST

I'm currently working on a number of Napoleonic Austrian units in 28mm scale and want to get neat looking 'barber pole' patterns on the flag poles.

Is there an easy way to do this or does it just take a steady hand and lots of time? I'm not completely happy with my results so far.

gnomehome09 Jul 2007 3:13 a.m. PST

Have you tried using masking tape ? I believe Tamiya has some available that seems thin enough to use on 25mm. models.

Pictors Studio09 Jul 2007 5:30 a.m. PST

It does take practice. My method, or at least the best method that I've found, is to paint parallel lines down one side of the pole. Then turn it about 90 degrees and paint more parallel lines to match up with the first ones. Then turn 90 degrees again and so on. Eventually they will all link up. They may not be perfect the first few times, or *perfect* ever, but they will turn out pretty close with practice.

Get a few nails or something like that to practice on before you do your figures.

Filbanto09 Jul 2007 5:48 a.m. PST

I did this once for a knight's lance. I practiced on round toothpicks to get the paint consistency right.
– Paint the pole in the light color.
– Take regular masking tape and cut it into a narrow strip.
– Wind it around the pole.
– Paint on the second color.
– Remove the tape before the color "bleeds".

Good luck – Mike

Lucius09 Jul 2007 7:23 a.m. PST

My method was to spray the lance the lighter color, then use thin stips of a modelers product called Foto-Frisket to mask a spiral pattern.

Foto-Frisket is a low-tack clear acrylic sheet that cuts easily with a steel ruler an an X-acto. I spiral it on, spray-paint the second color, pull it off, and I'm done. You can get it a better hobby shops.

I did 48 Redoubt Polish Hussars this way, and they turned out great.

ArchiducCharles09 Jul 2007 7:53 a.m. PST

It takes pratice, that's all. The more you do, the better they will look. But, it will always be time-consuming, there's no magic way.

An important tip I can give you is to leave a thinny black line between each colour; the colour will stand more that way, and it gives you a small margin of error between each colours. Also, only paint what you need and a little more: the flag should take most of the place on the pole, so you really have only a small portion to paint.

And forget about doing diagonal stripes (stay with horizontal stripes); too difficult for nothing.

You see a couple example on my site, in the miniature gallery : link


leidang09 Jul 2007 9:19 a.m. PST

If you don't want to cut tape an alternative is pinstriping tape available at auto parts shops. It comes in a variety of very narrow widths.

Personal logo mmitchell Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jul 2007 3:34 p.m. PST

I'd vote for the pinstripe tape, either for the pattern itself, or use the product suggested by Lucius and use it as masking tape.

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