Twenty years ago I was a so-so modeller who struggled with getting decals to look like they did in the model magazines I was reading. Of course, all of this was before the numerous websites and YouTube videos existed. I didn't know that you were supposed to apply a clear gloss coat before applying decals. Looking to solve a problem, I turned to what I knew best, the sign industry. I had a computer and a vinyl cutter and a whole bunch of scrap vinyl left over from the hundreds of jobs I had done. So, using my sign equipment I set out to make a paint mask to use instead of those troublesome decals. They worked pretty good even though I was using regular vinyl sheeting instead of a paint mask material. The most important thing though is that I gained experience in what could and couldn't be done. But that was okay because I was only making them for myself. Fast forward several years and I have joined the local model club and one of the members was building a P-40B Flying Tiger. He had purchased a set of paint masks for the camouflage and asked if I had the ability to make something like that. I told him that I could do the artwork with no problem, my eye sight was much better then, and that I just needed to find the vinyl masking material. The next week at work, I started my search for the masking material and, after finding it, bought a roll. Shortly after that I started making my first "real" scale model paint masks. That was thirteen years ago. What you see listed on the Aircraft and Ship masks pages is the culmination of those years of making masks.
Click on the "Aircraft" and "Ship" links on the left to see my list of paint masks.