U-453 Camouflage Masking Set

Published: May 9th, 2015     
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Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette - IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/72
Company: Gator Masks
Price: $15.00
Product / Stock #: U453
Product provided by: Gator Masks

Kenny Loup and Gator Masks and More have been around for a while supplying masking sets for ships and planes as well as Gator Grip Glues. For this review, we are looking at a masking set for U-453 in 1/72 scale for Revell's excellent U-boat kit. U-453 was on active duty from 1941 to 1944 when it was sunk. The boat served in the Mediterranean Sea and carried a unique camouflage scheme that went with that locations. The ship had splotches of darker gray (Dunkelgrau52) which were hard edged along with an inverted V on the conning tower.

Inside the package you'll find a long (over 3 feet) of precut vinyl masks, a picture of U-453 and instructions. The vinyl material is yellow and cut precisely to the blotches needed and the inverted "V" on the tower. There are masks for both sides. The profile drawing exactly matches the cut outs and the instructions give all the needed guidance plus contact info if there are questions. You can see by the pictures the size of the masks.

Looking over the masks, you could go two ways, spray the light color, add the entire long mask and shoot the splotches or spray the dark color and mask the splotches and shoot the light color. Either looks like it will work. I added a couple pieces to the model and the stuck snugly and would give a nice hard edge to the markings.

Gator lists over a dozen U-boats in both 1/72 and 1/400 scale. There are also masks for other types of ships and planes. This is a great set and will yield spectacular results. Recommended. My thanks to Ken and Gator Masks and more for the opportunity to review this set.

  • Instructions 1
    Instructions 1
  • Instructions 2
    Instructions 2
  • Mask Sheet & U Boat Hull
    Mask Sheet & U Boat Hull
  • Mask Applied
    Mask Applied
  • Mask Sheet with Masks Removed
    Mask Sheet with Masks Removed

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