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I have been considering buying one of these and this thread is really pushing me in that direction.  Is is difficult to copy a set of decal and have the Silhouette cut it out?  I'm not well versed with draw software or vector graphics.  I have figured out how to scan 48th scale decals and upsize them to 32nd scale so it would be nice to have them cut on the Silhouette.  Also, can it cut out regular tamiya tape type masks?  I have some masking sheets that I think are made of tamiya tape stuff.

 

Bryan

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I got one early last year and so far have only really done some canopy masks, which I admit to cheating on somewhat. I got some of the montex ones from sets I had for kits in the stash. I dont like Vinyl for canopy masks as I find it doesnt like curves and lifts repeatedly. I scanned the montex ones in to my Mac. Measure the size of the sheet the masks come  on, use that as your sizing guide when importing to the cutter software and away you go. I use the large Tamiya masking sheets for this purpose as I find they adhere better to compound canopy curves, as an Eduard set would do. I do find however that the supplied cutting mat from Silhouette is quite sticky and have sometimes had the backing sheet tear on trying to remove it from the plastic cutting mat. What I do now is tape the sheet in place using the guide lines rather than stick my material to the sheet itself. I did try de tacking it to no avail, still sticky after many tries. I have set out plans but not yet cut them for several sheets of circles in various tiny diameters for use in projects like masking out instrument panel dials that are a different colour to the instrument panel body, the idea rose from doing a Mitsubishi Zero panel when the dials remain black but the panel is cockpit green and another one when puttying the first third of the Spitfire IX wing as was done in production but needing to prevent the inspection holes from being puttied over on the lower surface as they needed to remain. I also intend to do some strips of straight lines of various widths but haven't worked out how to do that one yet. I maybe haven't used the machine as much as I thought I would as of yet but then, I haven't actually done that much model building in the period I've had the machine either. Its quite small so is unobtrusive and easy to store out of the way. I've found the software supplied to be fairly user friendly and simple enough to follow, though I do sometimes forget if I haven't used it for a while whats what but theres a million youtube videos out there for learning and reminding yourself anyway.

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9 hours ago, Durangokid said:

I have been considering buying one of these and this thread is really pushing me in that direction.  Is is difficult to copy a set of decal and have the Silhouette cut it out?  I'm not well versed with draw software or vector graphics.  I have figured out how to scan 48th scale decals and upsize them to 32nd scale so it would be nice to have them cut on the Silhouette.  Also, can it cut out regular tamiya tape type masks?  I have some masking sheets that I think are made of tamiya tape stuff.

 

Bryan

 

Yes, it cuts the Yellow Tamiya tape sheets no problem. I use the lowest possible settings for my cutting whether its Oramask or Tamiya sheets. A little trial and error earlier in the learning process got me there after the higher settings cut clean through the masking medium, its backing and through the supplied plastic cutting mat. I have scanned in some decals for a Ki-84 in 1/32 as I dont like Hasegawa decals. I never got around to cutting the masks though as mentioned earlier i the thread Oramask can shrink so I was leaving the cutting until the masks were ready but I since sold the kit so never needed the masks. I dont recall any issues in scanning them though and did check that the trace feature would work and dont recall much head scratching. I have also bought the Designer Edition software though. Theres some features that come with it that aren't available with the basic version that the cutter comes with on initial purchase.

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Out of sheer curiosity I tried cutting some thin Styrene sheet. I think it was 0.2mm thickness and it worked OK, not brilliant, but OK, there was some burr to the cut lines but a light sand got rid of that in no time. I dont think the blade would last too long if doing this a lot though. I had a spare so tried it. For thicker styrene it would probably be wiser to just use the cutter to score the cut patterns in to the Styrene and then do the actual cuts with a scalpel. Again I used the lowest settings of 1 for everything figuring the slower speed and force would prevent blade drag and the chances of killing the blade.

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