[WWI] laminating propellors

Diego Fernetti dfernet0 at rosario.gov.ar
Tue Apr 24 09:26:49 EDT 2007

>  Anyone got any tips on how to paint laminations on propellors when you 
> have
>  a shaky hand?

No. But as mentioned, tracing the outlines first with a sharp watercolour 
pencil helps a lot. Neil Crawford carves his own propellers making 
laminations of wood veneer, and he says it's easier than painting the 
plastic ones and they look more realistic. I still have to try that.

> I can't seem to get the lines straight and the idea of masking
>  a prop is daunting and fiddly.

The thing is that the only straight lines you'll se are around the propeller 
hub sides. The blades themselves have a patern that follow the complex 
curves of each blade, a sort of elongated ellipses with axles that doesn't 
necessarily follow the centre line of the propeller shape.

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