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Default Orbital Drydock's 1/350th Refit/A Aztec Paint Masks Version 2

Orbital Drydock's 1/350th Refit/A Aztec Paint Masks Version 2
2 Colour & 5 Colour Mask Set

At this time of writing, set costs are as follows:

$85.00 for the full V2 set

$35.00 for a supplemental set with the new/corrected masks for those who already have the version 1 set.

A review for you all now of the somewhat different from the last Orbital Drydock mask review, so let's be getting to it. Some may or may not recall the last review and you can go wandering off and read that here first,

If you should wish. I'll wait here...

Right then for those that have and come back or those still here, here's what you get:
A fairly packed package consisting of this lot.

Breaking that down equals to:
14 A4 size sheets of very fine cut masking film.
2 Almost A4 size sheets of the same.

1 Sheet of cut kabuki tape for the windows, other clear parts and pinstriping masking.
15 Sheets of adhesive transfer film.
1 Sheet with the top saucer registry masks with transfer film already attached.

1 Applicator tool.

1 Colouring book.

Yes, I did say colouring book.
Yeah I laughed as well but trust me, it's rather relevant purpose will be revealed later.

So a looksee at the masks themselves. Well as per the version 1 set, the cutting on the masking material is very sharp indeed. Sharp to the point it's very hard to see sometimes but after the weeding, it all stands out rather well.

I didn't do any of that for this review but it does work as I had a go with the V1 set.

The 'weeding' term is one use my the manufacturer, this means to peel away all the unwanted masking material, which on some sheets is not a lot.

I'll be including screen grabs from the downloadable, 26 page instruction manual. It's a very comprehensive set of instructions and some indepth reading and zen modeling (thinking about it) will be a must before diving in.
They can be downloaded from Orbital Drydocks site at the following linky thing:

I would SERIOUSLY advise doing so, it will help you get the idea behind what this set may help you achieve. It does have text and pictorial instructions plus colour photgraphs to help you along what is no small task.

A list of some stuff you will require is on the instructions and while some like 'Airbrush' is a tad obvious, the need for wax paper, nitrile gloves, red, yellow, green and blue highlighter pens may not be.

Trust me though, they all have a use in something like this.

Now after what I said about the version 1 I have in my past review, this is certainly an improvment working toward that much required 5 colour aztec. This time around i'd call it some 85 to 90% there now which is a bonus. Where it may not have masks is really for those areas which may not be of concern to many but that's a personal choice.

Before for example, the width of the saucer aztec 'pie wedges' was the same for both top and bottom. The kit grid lines on the saucer are different widths, the bottom is some 3mm or about a 1/8th of an inch.

That may not sound much but it can make a huge difference to the paintjob if you're concerned about such things. Yeah I didn't notice that before meself so mea culpa on that score.

The version 2 has the proper widths for top and bottom main aztec pattern so sorted there.
Also in the V1 set, the tops of the aztec pie wedges were all the same but the pattern was really only for the underside center surrounding the planetary sensor array. This is sorted in this set as this grab from the instruction manual on the placement shows.

You may also notice the changed masks going from the inner grid line to the bottom of the B/C decks, that will make something like this...

A whole hell of a lot easier.

The application method of using the transfer tape is still in play and it's a
good idea from where I sit for folks unlike me, basically insane that is, it will make application so much easier particularly for the saucer aztecs.

A vid of a modeler doing this is in the Version 1 review in the link above.

Now to the 5 colour bits. A decent though not fully there shot is taken with this set. Masks are included for the smaller panel shaped bits on the saucer aztec.

By no means the be all and end all but certainly a good start. Though if you're looking for something this complex...

Then some careful juggling of the supplied masks and/or using your own cut ones may well be required for the patterns in the main aztec.

Other improvments are the secondary hull maks and this could seem a bit tricky but the theory is very sound for the 5 colour deal.

Now here's where the colouring book I mentioned before comes in.
This will help plan the colours you want to lay down on the secondary hull, strongback, neck, pylons and engines.
Simple enough thing, just colour in the parts in what colour you need and use that as a guide, this pic may show some of what I mean.

So then, all in all what we have is a very much improved set over the version 1. This is a better set for which to attempt the full 5 colour aztec with a fair bit less effort than the V1.

A better set is not available at this time of scribbling and untill one is then this set is it for a lot of time saving and less hair pulling than a paintjob like this would normally give you.

The shapes laid out for the 5 colour on the secondary hull are as near as dammit in the layout for the hull sides, the neck, secondary hull bottom and above the hangar bay likewise.

The pylons are done in a three layer masking deal to get the 'lightning bolt' pattern in the blue, green and gold as they should be so that's covered.

A set of small masks also provided for detail panel patterns if that is one's thing.

As I said, it's all pretty close to how it should be but for those who wish it all to be absolutely, 100%, top notch, super duper and uber accurate and correct then best forget this review and reach for the reference material, a comfy chair as you're going to be there a while, a large supply of frisket and knife blades by the bucket load.

No small amount of work has gone in to this and it shows. There are also masks for the long trenches in the leading and trailing edges of the pylons, the impulse crystal surround along with many other small area masks for hatches and the like.

It's still a decent set for doing just the two colour aztec and making a decent go at the 1701-A paintjob but I think the purpose here is to get a grip of the 5 colour and get it sorted.
This masking set will in my humble opinion, help you a great deal along that course of action.

Where it scores is certainly in the instructions which, once you have read through them a few times, will give you a decent idea of what you're up against and maybe the confidence to give it a go if you and wallet are up for it.

There's no doubt that doing a full 5 colour pearlescent paintjob is the goal of some and it's no small goal to shoot for. I'm not going to say this is a must have, that's your choice dear reader.

For whatever my recommendation is worth, a combination of this masking set and the Trekmodeler painting guide will have you as set as I think anyone is going to be to give the lady her pearlescent paint finish she so richly deserves.

Of course if that is not your thing then okedoke and you must be bored if you've plodded through all this my friend

This review set was provided gratis by Brett Cavin of Orbital Drydock in exchange for a fair review which I hope i've done.

More stuff about this set, it's application and use will be revealed when I get around to painting the current build WIP log I have going of this beast.
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