TA-4J Canopy Mask

Published: April 13th, 2011     
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Reviewed by: Andy Renshaw - IPMS# 35806
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eduard
Price: $9.95
Product / Stock #: EX273
Product provided by: Eduard

When Hasegawa finally followed up their excellent 1:48 A-4 series with a TA-4J, many modelers were thrilled, including me. Of course shortly after its release, aftermarket companies soon had various releases to detail the kit even further.

Canopy masking is always time consuming and among aircraft modelers is one of the least favorite tasks to complete a model. Precut masks have been around for a while, but it wasn't until the introduction of Kuboki tape that precut masks really matured. Eduard has been doing masks for some time now, and EX273 works perfectly with Hasegawa's TA-4J.

The set includes one set of masks for the canopy and landing gear. The canopy masks for the larger areas are split into two parts, which works perfectly allowing for overlap and exact positioning of each edge, especially around the curve of the canopy. I had my masks on for over two weeks, and no residue or bleed under occurred resulting in perfectly crisp canopy frames. The wheel masks work equally as well. I sprayed the centers white, masking them off and hand

Thank-you to Eduard Model Accessories and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this mask set.

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