If you look closely at period photos of invasion stripes, you will see that your perfectly straight and aligned stripes made with masking tape are fairly inaccurate!
At least some of them were pretty sloppy, slap-dash affairs with fields of gray between stripes and what not.
And yet I can't bring myself to replicate "accurate" but sloppy stripes!
Depends on which aircraft you are looking at, actually. Here are a few links to check out. In the first the P-38 looks pretty sloppy, but the Mustangs and Mauraders look pretty good. Here, the P-61 stripes look pretty nice. NOW, up close do we see the brush marks and the overlapping paint? Yeah probably. In 1/32 scale what would that look like? Even if there was 1/2 overlap, in 1/32 scale that is .0156 of an inch. So VERY hard to replicate. I think more likely is that the white and the black had some 'see through where the paint didn't completely cover.
On June 1st 1944, Allied Command was still doing test with the stripes.
On June 4th, the stripes were on every a/c of the invasion fleet ready for D-Day originally June 5th.
That leaves us a few hours notice to apply the stripes. Add to that the misinterpretation of orders, the personal interpretation of every ground crew and the material – or lack of – at hand. So sloppiness was nothing short of obligatory.
And as previous poster ringleheim suggested, controlled sloppiness is very hard to reproduce.
I've often wondered about this - how carefully were the stripes REALLY applied? I'm sure unit by unit this varied significantly. So this is where for a specific aircraft I rely heavily on period pictures such as this one:
Now, easy enough to argue that since these planes were in a photo shoot (and as I pointed out separately, look how utterly clean each aircraft is - not even a hint of exhaust staining - I'm going with the assumption this was a staged photograph) it is entirely possible the stripes were fairly carefully applied to begin with or cleaned up afterwards (esp since this picture was taken long after D-Day).
Edited by CANicoll, 26 May 2018 - 09:26 PM.