I still use the tan colored tape made by Scotch 3M that I buy at Home Depot, and really don't have any problems with it.
IMO there is alot of fuss made about tapes..... Are their tapes better than the crepe tape that H.O, uses.... maybe! However I still use alot of crepe tape for 1:1 custom paint work. Some of the finest tape outs and custom paint jobs every produced (and still are) were done with the standard crepe tapes because that is all that was offered. Before the advent of the so called fine line tapes we used to use household scotch tape as an aid for the tops and bottoms of hand lettering for that crisp look.
To me it's more about the technique than the tape that dictates the final outcome. The fine line tapes aren't magic.....There is magic in the hands, eyes and skills of one who can pull of that pefect line with products of yor!
I am so glad your here and have so much to offer all of us from all your many years of experience.
I especially like your last paragraph because to me a true painters heart comes through his hands and his passion. Basic tools like tape and airbrushes are needed. They can be the most basic stoneage tools imaginable, but if the skill is there no one can come close to his creations, because it's all about the intangibles of vision, art, technique, and inner confidence.
Now - for me I'm a tape guy....I love tape. Always looking for new tape. I have a drawer full of tape in one of my roll aways.
To me tape is such an amazing tool that is overlooked way to much because I love to paint 2...3...4...colors on a car...I'm really a color guy as an artist and love to find color combinations that just "POP" and challange me to choose the right tapes and find the right car to bring out the "Bling" and "Dazzle", and then be successful at making it happen in this small scale that we work in.
Taping a car over and over for the many colors can be so time consuming to get it perfect, and yet designing the sequence of tapings and spray-outs can be so challanging and I thrive on that crazy intricate stuff, and the right tape makes it so much easier to get me there.
It's so cool to lay down that last coat of clear to bring out the vibrance in all those colors, and then see all that work come to life as I go through the polishing process and see the colors start to "Dazzle" me. It's sort of a mini-nirvana when it turns out right .
This car has 5 different sections, so needed 5 separate taping and spray-outs, plus all the foil work took days, but it was just crazy fun , and the right tapes (Yes, I used sevaral) made it all possible.
By the way. besides Tamiyas regular tapes, Tamiya has a tape not sold here in the States. It's super thin, comes in 3 widths, starting in 1/16 inch wide, and is made of a resin compound that makes it easy to do tight curves. It's white and can be found on Ebay, and can be taped over with othe Tamiya tapes.