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Model Truck Feathering Tips And Tricks


Victor Epand

Have you ever seen a truck on the road that had a paint job that really caught your eye? Did the paint seem to fade from color to color? You can achieve a paint job such as this on your model truck. This is called feathering. Instead of there being a sharp division between each of the colors there will be a steady blending of colors. This can be varied according to the look that being attempted.

If you are trying to achieve feathering on your model truck it can sometimes be very difficult if you are working in scale. Most of the time you will see sharp lines in the paint jobs. This is a major indicator that model was likely painted by hand. It doesn’t matter if you even use an airbrush. If it is not done properly a feathering job can turn out poorly. One of the things to remember if you are going to feather to scale. One inch of feathering on a full size vehicle would be equal to 1/32th inch on a 1:32 scale truck.

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Well, if you don’t care about keeping this scale intact then you could just paint it and not worry. However, you know that you can make a good model look great if you can just get your paint job down pat. So how do you do this? With just a bit of ingenuity of course! There is a trick that will allow you to get precisely the amount of feathering you will need for your truck. One thing that will become apart is that if your mask is too close to the car you will end up with too little of a feathering effect. You need to find the balance between close enough without being too close to be able to achieve the look you are wanting. Consistency is also very important when maintaining distance from the edge.

Frisket Paper is one way to be able to achieve the mask you are looking for. A specially prepared paper used in protecting artwork from damage it is transparent and can allow the artist to handle other sections safely. If you are not able to get ahold of this sort of paper then a thin sheet of paraffin will do. You can trim this to fit the shape you are trying to protect. You then can take a section of fishing line and stick in onto the back of the paper or wax. Make sure it is near enough to the edge that will be getting the feathering treatment.

If it is just a little bit of feathering that you are looking for then you should place the fishing line roughly 1/16th inch from the edge of the mask. This will allow a small but noticeable amount of feathering. The mask will be held off of the model truck’s surface by the line and allows a little paint to seep underneath which is what provides the feathering effect. If you need to lower or raise the amount of feathering you are looking for you just need to change the gauge of the fishing line. This can also allow you to get much closer to the original feathering effect than was possible before.

You will also want to make sure that you place the fishing line far enough away from the edge of your masking material. If you do not then you might end up painting a solid line rather than getting any feathering. This was what you were wanting to stay away from. With just a little trial and error you will soon be able to feather just like a professional. You will want to make sure that you do not remove your mask too quickly. If you do you may end up taking paint away as well.

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How To Find Great Deals On Used Farm Equipment

By Robert Tate

As with most things, when purchasing items, cost is a major consideration and farmers like any other businessmen are keen to cut down on costs wherever possible. These days second hand plant is as popular if not more popular than new, with the refurbishment and sale of equipment a huge business. One of the largest benefits of buying used farming equipment is the cost savings.

On and off line there are essentially 2 usual ways through which used farm equipment can be purchased and money saved – through auctions or through equipment dealers.

Bargains can often be found at farm auctions such as those organised offline by companies such as or through the Internet by sites like

Do bear in mind tough the nature of auctions and that its usually a case of Caveat emptor: buyer beware. All the glistens isnt necessarily gold so buyers should be sure to do their homework, know what they are dealing with and if in doubt seek third party advice and assistance. Its worth noting that second-hand farm machinery must be sold with a certificate of safety and an instruction book in the language of the buyer

There are numerous on and offline equipment dealers selling used farm equipment and machinery while aggregators of classified ads for used farming equipment list many thousands of pieces of equipment submitted for sale from farmers and dealers all over the world. Again its possible to pick up some great deals if you take the time and trouble to research the market place properly and enjoy a little luck. Often equipment is reconditioned to a very high standard or equipment is sold as nearly new.

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Buying through a dealer is generally higher priced but the risks can also be minimized. A dealer might be able to offer discounts, guarantees and forms of financing which if you dont have the cash to put on the table might be a worthwhile way of picking up the kit. There are other tax and cash flow considerations that might want to be entered into the finance or leasing equation for new or used equipment.

When considering used farm equipment its wise to consider the brand, model and age with regards to parts availability. The price of parts (and downtime if the parts arent readily available) can be prohibitive enough but in some cases might make the investment in a piece of equipment cost ineffective.

Dont necessarily be afraid of older kit as although it probably won’t have some of the “frills” that you might would find more common on “newer” equipment it may have more commonly available and better value spare parts.

In addition to cost savings there are other advantages to buying used farming equipment. Namely that money can go further and a larger fleet be employed or that the cash saved by purchasing used kit can be put to other more cost effective uses.

For interviews, quotes, images or comments contact:

Robert Tate

Regional Sales Manager – UK

Mob:+ 44 (0) 7970 230055

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About the Author: Robert Tate Region Sales Manager of

Mascus UK

. Mascus is an electronic marketplace for

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, farm machinery and trucks. Mascus makes trading in used machines and trucks quicker and more efficient by collecting all information about supply and demand in one place. All dealers, producers and end users are welcome to offer their used machines and trucks for sale via the marketplace.


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