As I mentioned, I’m not finished with Morrisey Fernie and Michel #61. I’ve had another technique rattling around my head, looking for an opportunity to leap out on an unsuspecting model, and this little car was the perfect victim.
Masked and painted insignia are all the rage in the aero modelling world these days. When you paint the shape, it is guaranteed to sit flat on the surface without bubbles, and there is no decal film to deal with, just like dry transfers. Not only that, but you can easily fade or distress the marking just as with any other bit of paint. A small cottage industry has arisen to cut circles and crosses out of pieces of masking tape and slip the resulting donuts into envelopes for use around the world.
The Cricut is really made for cutting vinyl, and there are hundreds of varieties available to choose from, including “removable.” So, along with the idea rattling around my head, I’ve had a roll of “removable” vinyl and some transfer tape rattling around my drawer for ages.
Lining is a capability I will require for #622, and so, I tried cutting some masks and spraying lines for the combine. I actually did both sides. The first was a 0.125 mm line, which the Cricut actually cut, but which didn’t admit enough paint to leave a consistent line on the car. The second was a 0.25 mm line, which worked very nicely from a cutting standpoint (but not, as can be seen, from a painting standpoint). I suspect the actual limit is somewhere between these two numbers.
With the 0.25 mm line, I also attempted to scallop the corners. The scallops have a radius of 0.327 mm, which the Cricut valiantly attempted to trace, but wound up dragging the knife around a square corner, rather than a quarter circle. So, I doubt if the technique will work for producing small lettering like reporting marks. Still, the idea is worth exploring further.
Correction: the original version of this post indicated .25 and .5 mm lines. These were in fact .25 and .125 mm.