Review Author(s)
Published on
April 9, 2015
Scale
1/72
MSRP
$3.20
Product / Stock #
CM72021
Base Kit
Hasegawa X-29A
Company

I've used more than a few masks on my models lately and have always been happy with the results. This X-29 set from RES-IM continues the trend and performs as advertised. Printed on yellow Kabuki type tape and laser cut, the sheet provides masks for the windscreen, canopy, and the three wheels. The only omission was the instruction sheet - there was none to be had. Fortunately, the X-29A has a very simple windscreen/canopy with frames only around the edges of the Plexiglas. Consequently, the positions of the individual masks are easy to decipher. They are also easy to see on the sheet and easily removed. Masks for the clear parts were "outlines" leaving the modeler to fill the openings. I cut some pieces from unused sections of the sheet for this task, but any suitable masking tape or liquid would suffice.

I painted the clear pieces interior gray first, then with a final white coat. There was no bleed through and the masks came off easily, leaving a sharp frame. The masks for the three wheels performed just as well. With many of my kits, I’ve struggled getting the wheel hubs neatly painted, so these masks were a great help.

While the frames and wheels on the X-29A are relatively simple, the RES-IM masks saved time and energy. I would definitely recommend these for your Hasegawa X-29.

My thanks to RES-IM and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this product.

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