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SurfingMoose Inactive Member21 Sep 2012 8:38 p.m. PST


I just bought myself an airbrush and really don't know how I've gotten by without one so far. Now I want to try and use some sort of mask to put on the tank numbers and balkenkreuzes instead of using decals. The scale for the tanks would be 15mm.

Was wondering if anyone knows of a producer of number masks for 15mm AFVs specifically or just general purpose number masks. Also for the balkenkreuzes.

If in the end I need to create them myself, pointers or a tutorial on how to create them myself would be great.



Jemima Fawr Inactive Member22 Sep 2012 4:04 a.m. PST

If you want to make them yourself, the German numbering font is 'Fette Mittelschrift'.

Panzergeil Inactive Member22 Sep 2012 6:18 a.m. PST

R Mark Davies, do you know the name of the French font for numbers and letters in 1940?

John D Salt Inactive Member22 Sep 2012 9:40 a.m. PST

Rather than cutting frisket or using stencils (I got a set of photo-etched brass stencils from someone-or-other, but I can't recall who), a nice way to make neat single-colour numbers and insignia is to use rub-down dry transfers such as Letraset. Block colour an area with the colour of the figure you want; apply the dry transfer in the location desired, but do not burnish it; then paint over with the vehicle's base colour. Once dry, lift off the dry transfer using low-tack masking tape.

All the best,


jpattern222 Sep 2012 11:56 a.m. PST

What John said. Looks great.

For other things like Balkenkreuzes, use a new, sharp X-Acto and cut stencils out of low-tack tape or one of the many masking films on the market, like Parafilm. I've even blocked out simple shapes with pieces of Post-It notes.

SurfingMoose Inactive Member23 Sep 2012 6:43 p.m. PST

Thanks guys,

I'll try the rub down dry transfers method and see how it goes.

Once again thank you all for your replies and insights.


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