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suffolk1928

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Canvas screens material for models
« on: March 31, 2021, 11:30:31 am »

Hi everyone


Has anyone got any thoughts on a good material to use for the canvas screens around the guard rails on ships? I was thinking masking tape but not sure if the glue would dry out over time & peel off.


Thanks


James
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Re: Canvas screens material for models
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2021, 05:32:10 pm »

Hi James


I followed Dave Wooleyís HMS Skirmisher build with regards to this detail and Iíve used it on my Invincible build and so far itís behaved itself. I used superglue for any stubborn bits that refused to stay stuck but water downed PVA brushed on to the masking tape has worked for me.
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Re: Canvas screens material for models
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2021, 06:13:40 pm »

Hi I am not sure what scale you are dealing with but for a model I have at 1 : 43 scale I used some metal gauze that I think came from Halfords fibre glass kits.  It looks very good against the stanchions.
I have tried some of the plastic but it does not glue or stay in place.
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Re: Canvas screens material for models
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2021, 07:20:21 pm »

I've used masking tape and brown wrapping paper to make some canvas covers.  The wrapping paper turned out better IMHO. 
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Paper:

In both cases I sealed them with thin cyanoacrylate glue.
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Re: Canvas screens material for models
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2021, 09:53:49 am »

Thanks for the suggestions! Will have to do some tests. Soaking the glue in to keep it all in place sounds like a good plan.
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Re: Canvas screens material for models
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2021, 03:07:13 pm »

When I applied a canvass dodger assimilation, I used fine cotton , cut to shape to just touch the top rail and then super glue it in place, then paint it grey afterwards, did once considered trying to stitch afterwards to make it look like seizing lanyards round the top rail but bulked at it as too fiddly for me after a lifetime at sea and drinking heavily with shipmates my hands are now too shakey. 
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Re: Canvas screens material for models
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2021, 04:01:58 pm »

I use fine lawn handkerchiefs, just do not tell the wifey, nemesis
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Re: Canvas screens material for models
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2021, 05:55:36 pm »

I've seen masking tape used effectively over the years. Probably not the cheap stuff as it tends to dry like you said rather than good stuff which seems to stick harder if not removed.  I've also used thick aeromodellers tissue paper as mock canvas before (it's much coarser than normal tissue paper).  Has a nice texture, can be cut and folded etc without tearing or distorting and after sealing with dope or polyurethane alternatives can work quite nicely. Paints up well. And if you dry brush it after it seems to weather up like canvas.  Probably more than a dozen ways to do it depending what's to hand.
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Re: Canvas screens material for models
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2021, 08:03:09 pm »

I use spectacle wipes, they have a nice texture, are strong and take paint and glue well.
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Re: Canvas screens material for models
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2021, 07:28:54 pm »

Thanks again for the ideas everyone. And nice to see the photos of those two warship models!
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