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Pin-striping the 1/8 Scale Monogram Turbo Trans Am

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Pin-striping the 1/8 Scale Monogram Turbo Trans Am
Posted by 68f-bird on Saturday, March 18, 2017 5:23 PM

I am planning on building the 1/8 scale Monogram Turbo Trans Am.  The model attempts to portray the 1980-81 Special Edition (SE) Turbo Trans Am with black paint and gold pin-striping.  The kit has pin-striping decals but there are two problems with them.  The decals protray a single stripe, rather than a double stripe, and they don't provide ALL the pin-striping that was done on the 1:1 car, e.g. stripes that go around the wheel arches.

Looking for ideas or products that I can use to reproduce the pin-striping as it was done on the 1:1 vehicle.  Masking and painting would be last resort... but only if there is no other way to accomplish the look I'm striving for.  Thanks in advance for any and all advice.

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Posted by Bainford on Saturday, March 18, 2017 6:08 PM

Check out Line-o-Tape http://hobbymasters.com/line-o-tape-pinstriping-tapes/ . They have a great line of pinstriping tapes suitable for model use. I use them on 1/24, so they will look great on 1/8 scale. They have widths from 1/64" to 1/2", and they do a brushed gold and metallic gold tape.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by humper beam on Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:25 PM

  if you have an automotive paint supplier nearby(in michigan, just up the road from me, is "painters supply")  you can get stripping tape. comes in a roll like blue tape, but you can pick wich width you want. lay that down, tape it off, and spray your gold.

 it's pricey and time consuming, but in 1/8th it'll look killer.

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Posted by 68f-bird on Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:17 PM

The Line-o-Tape sounds very interesting.  You said you had some experience with it.  Does it go around complex curves well or is it more for straight lines?  For the wheel arches, imagine having to tape around a curve with the radius of a half dollar coin.

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Posted by 68f-bird on Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:20 PM

I also like the idea that if I do have to mask and paint there are products I can use from a paint supplier.  I live in Michigan in  Sterling Heights (9 miles N. of Detroit).  Thank you for the excellent suggestion. Dave

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, March 20, 2017 9:49 AM

68f-bird

The Line-o-Tape sounds very interesting.  You said you had some experience with it.  Does it go around complex curves well or is it more for straight lines?  For the wheel arches, imagine having to tape around a curve with the radius of a half dollar coin.

 

It probably depends a lot on the width of the tape. The pin stripe just above the tail light panel and around the black on the hood of this Mustang was done with 1/64" Line-o-Tape, and this is 1/24 scale. The stripe on the hood has been re-done since this photo so the radii are even sharper then pictured.

It should work well for most jobs in 1/8 scale. This size tape (1/64") would equal 1/8" in 1/8 scale, and of course 1/32" tape would equate to 1/4" in 1/8 scale. I would think that these sizes should handle radii you need to form.

The tape comes in brushed gold and metallic gold. The metallic gold is probably a chrome like mylar, so the brushed gold is likely what you would need for the T/A.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by 68f-bird on Monday, March 20, 2017 10:09 AM

Thank you for your reply and the great pictures of your Mustang.  If my T/A looks half as good as your Mustang I will be quite pleased.  (love the license plate) It looks like the tape should do the trick quite nicely.  Regards - David

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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 9:47 PM

Hi;

 I am with Humper on this one . Now if you want there is another way . You get frisket paper . Cut out what you need for a pattern and gently spray your gold paint on the car just like using a stencils . In cutting out the paper make sure you use a brand new X-Acto blade  .   O.C.G.

gjgeracci

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