Hang in there with the techniques. The path to modelling Nirvana is out there somewhere.
I'm not sure that I'm trying to find "modelling Nirvana" I'm fairly happy with what I produce I just wish it was relatively easy to do, again!
Your absolutely tight about the shrinkage. There's a noticeable gap between different mask elements in my Pmasks set, whereas I have to look hard to find the edges on yours. Sorry to read about the big roll of old stuff you have. Anyone got ideas to help Mal out?
When I first found Oramask 810 I thought that I had found gold. I had tried other material but I was getting reports of that stuff leaving a residue which was impossible to remove. I found another material but could only get it in 10m rolls so it worked out really expensive, £46 per roll. At first that wasn't a major problem but later when I met Alex Glass (Uschi van der Rosten) and we discussed disc camo for German WWII armour I knew that I need something much cheap, and found Oramask, at £80 per 50m roll! He put me onto AK interactive who wanted the Disc camo and they had hundreds off me. But the first time that I cut a set of masks for an RAF subject I realised that there was a problem. The disc camo is thousands of very small elements so the problem doesn't present itself. The day after cutting the RAF masks I went into the man cave to package them up and saw the problem! I re-cut them in my normal material, saddened that I was back to paying £46 per 10m but very happy that I had a solution to the problem
After a few more rolls at £46 I phoned the company that I bought it off and they said that they could supply me with 50m rolls but the cost would be £180!+ P&P (that was only a tenner
) I wasn't happy paying £180 but it was better then 5 at £46 (£230). I needed to contact the sales manager each time for this "deal" and when I ordered a 4th it had a sticker inside the roll and I phoned the company to find out that they actually supplied it it the company that I had been buying it off and to buy a 50m roll off them would only cost me £83! Get in
So you can see why the material that I use is "Top Secret"
I do still use the Oramask 810 for things like camouflage masks because this shrink back doesn't matter with that sort of thing. However I often can't be bothered to change the roll just for the camo masks when I do a set, such as what I did for you!
Just to add I don't do anything for AK anymore but I do still do stuff for Uschi van der Rosten
and Hypersonic models
The only other mask producing company that I know of that has acknowledged also addressed this shrink back problem is "Maketar" and they use "Kubaki", or more properly "Washi" tape. This has its own advantages and disadvantages but I do believe that my solution works best as it address the problem without any of the disadvantages but, of course, I would say that
My point is though that this must be a known problem but only 2 companies have bothered to find a solution!