I've hit a brick wall. It's with canopies. I look at the work many of you do around the clear plastic with awe. Yet I continually avoid close up pictures of the glass because my masked edges look horrible.
I've used tape for masking. I've used aluminium foil. On the rare occasion I've used proper, paid-for vinyl masks.
I've tried working a knife around the mask before I lift it to keep the edges crisp, but it doesn't seem to work.
When I start the clear pieces, I try to polish them up a little.
Then I mount them on the model and mask.
After that, I paint the interior frame colour on the outside in acrylic. Artist acrylic in tubes.
Then I prime the entire model with a lacquer primer. Either Alclad or Tamiya.
Then the model is painted with artist acrylics in the camouflage colour(s).
Finally, I matte coat with matte lacquer by Alclad.
Once cured, I work a knife as deftly as possible around the edges, and lift the masks.
My problem isn't bleeding under the masks. It's more of a choppy look to the framing.
Is there something in my technique or materials that lend itself to an rough finish?
Thanks for your thoughts.