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Mosquito Canopy, Wheel Hub and D-Day Striping Masks

Cutting Edge


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: See table below for details
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Each set contains one adhesive-backed black vinyl die-cut sheet and instructions
Price: See table below
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Time saving; admirable range to cover original kits and after-market accessories; will deliver crisp results.
Disadvantages: Will require some practice to master technique.
Recommendation: Recommended to moderately experienced modellers as a way to avoid a fiddly and widely disliked task.


Reviewed by Brett Green

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions



Cutting Edge have recently released a wide range of masks for canopies, wheel hubs, camouflage patterns and other special requirements under the brand name of "Black Magic". These sets contain one or two adhesive-backed, black vinyl die-cut sheets.

A number of these masking sets are applicable to the new 1/48 scale Tamiya Mosquito kits.

These comprise:


Mosquito Bomber/PRU Canopy and Wheel Hub Masks



Mosquito D-Day Stripes



Mosquito Fighter Canopy and Wheel Hub Masks


CEBM 48265

Mosquito Wheel Hub Masks for Paragon 48112


CEBM 48266

Mosquito Wheel Hub Masks for Paragon 48113


CEBM 48139

Mosquito Wheel Hub Masks for TD48017


CEBM 48139

Mosquito Wheel Hub Masks for TD48093



According to Cutting Edge's instructions these sets are designed for "experts" . In reality, these sets will be appropriate for any moderately experienced modeller who already dabbles with cutting their own masks from tape. A little practice may be required to correctly position the masks, and to avoid stretching the vinyl during application. Try practicing with scrap material before committing the first mask to your model!

The canopy and D-Day stripes certainly appeal to me. These masking jobs can be time consuming and tedious. Black Magic masks will certainly remove some of the pain.

The Mosquito canopy sets are cleverly designed to fit around curved and other difficult surfaces. They even include masks for the internal canopy frame.

The wheel hub masks may seem to be a bit of a luxury, but they are inexpensive and certainly easier than measuring and cutting your own circles.

With careful handling, the wheel masks and D-Day stripes should be re-usable. Due to the high risk of paint bleeding, it will be safest to assume that the canopy masks can only be used once.

These sets will be a handy accessory for the large number of modellers who hate masking!


Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample

Cutting Edge Modelworks Resin Conversion Kits are available at Meteor Productions Website

Review and Images Copyright 2000 by Brett Green
Page Created 18 January, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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