Saturday, December 31, 2016

More Rockets Mach 10 Build Part 11, White Trim

The white crosses were going to take some extra time.
Before cutting any decals, a cross was drawn on paper to be sure the visual balance was right.

The Olive Drab paint is a flat finish. Water slide decals don't stick well to flat paint.
I applied a light coat of Future to smooth out the decal areas. After the decals are on and dried a light dusting of dull coat should re-flat the finish.

I didn't use a white decal sheet to cut the white strips. That wouldn't be opaque enough. A clear decal sheet was sprayed with gloss white.
Thin strips were cut. A strip of masking tape was used to space the white lines evenly.

After the strips dried a new single edged razor blade was used to cut through the intersections of the tic-tac-toe pattern cross.
The centers were carefully lifted leaving the cross.

In the light reflection you can see some balsa grain. I didn't do an entire grain fill to deep the glider as light as I could.


  1. This is where a Silhouette or Cricut would come in very handy.

    1. Hi Metal,
      Yep, that would be easier! Sometimes on smaller models, vinyl is too thick. I would use it on larger rockets though.

    2. There's some pretty thin vinyl out there, but generally you are right. Claudia used some on her Troublemaker that was very light. Too bad Danielle stepped on it when we were packing in Oviedo last month.