Masking and Transfer Foils

Published: October 16th, 2013     
Foil Product
Foil Product
Reviewed by: Greg Wise - IPMS# 44378
Company: JH Models
Price: $8.00
Product / Stock #: F01
Product provided by: UMM-USA

The Product

Described as a highly flexible, softened, transparent gray film suitable for uneven surfaces and producing templates for applying paint by a brush or airbrush with reduced surface tack.

The Working Test

I decided that a current review project was to be the test subject, a 1/72 scale Cobra helicopter. I believe the film should be cut by scoring the film and removing it from its backing. I found cutting the film and backing material together a little fussy, even while using a new #11 X-Acto blade. The film is very pliable and stretches easily. The adhesive tack strength is a couple clicks below Tamiya tape.

I cut the gray film and applied it over a painted (gloss white) surface. I also used the clear film for the tail number block (see photo). Using an airbrush, I first applied yellow paint, followed by the red. I then used a 5/0 size paint brush for the black areas. After removing the film, I found paint bleeding along the panel lines and lifting around curved surfaces, causing under-spray. However, I saw no problems where I used a paint brush.

The Bottom Line

I believe this stuff would be better suited for larger scale models. I recommend it and for 8 bucks it's worth a try.

Thanks UMM-USA for supplying such a fine JH Models product for review, and IPMS USA for the opportunity to review it.

  • Foil package
    Foil package
  • Directions for use
    Directions for use
  • Clear and gray films
    Clear and gray films
  • Test kit
    Test kit
  • After foil removed 1
    After foil removed 1
  • After foil removed 2
    After foil removed 2

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