In-Box Review
F8F Bearcat Maxi Mask
Designed for the Hobby Boss kit [kit no 80356]
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by: Tim Hatton [ LITESPEED ]


Paint masks are a good way to go to achieve a more realistic look to markings and national insignia. By using your choice of paints you can achieve the level of weathering and finish that is more in keeping with the rest of the finished model. Highly weathered models can look a little odd with brightly coloured decals. Montex have created an expanding line of masks to help you to create a more authentic finish. Montex offer three levels of masks:
Mini mask - contain masks for painting canopies and wheels;
Maxi mask - contain masks for painting canopies, wheels, stencils for distinctive paintings: national emblems and tactical and functional symbols (bows, crosses, stars, letters, numbers, chevrons etc.)
Super mask - contain masks for painting canopies, wheels, stencils for distinctive paintings based on photos and other primary sources. Super Mask series also contains colour air plane drawings in four projections depicting the placement of the paintings.


Contained in the zip sealed transparent bag is:
-1 x set of grey masks with national insignia and markings.
-1 x set of black masks for the canopy and wheels.
-1 x mask guide.

Before you starting it's well worth going over to the Montex website to fully acquaint yourself on how to get the most from these masks. The tutorials are very helpful. There are no placement instructions just follow the placement guide in the instructions of the Hobby Boss kit no 80356. The grey coloured markings masks include:
-4 x star and bar
-4 x “U.S. Navy”
-2 x large no “4”
-4 x smaller “4”
-2 x large “0”
-2 x “3F4.”

The black coloured masks include:
-1 x set of masks for the outer canopy.
-1 x set of masks for the inner canopy.
-2 x sets of masks for the main wheel.
-2 x tail wheel masks.

The mask material have a completely different feel and look to masks made from Kabuki tape . Before you apply the masks get a feel for them first by using the masks for the title of the subject. The backing paper overlaps the masks themselves slightly. Use a sharp knife in the corner of the sheet to separate the two layers and carefully peel away the backing with your fingers. It occurs to me it might be possible to use the positive and negative parts of the mask to double the number of markings you can use, if you are careful. Follow the on-line and the kits decal placement guides to help with placement and using multi part masks.


Montex is expanding their range of masks to help you to create a more authentic finish to your model. Although they will take a little more work and time compared to applying decals, I am sure they will be well worth it. Take a look at the finished models on the Montex website. Really looking forward to using these masks on my next build. Very nicely done Montex.
Highs: A great way of producing sympathetic markings with the rest of the finished scheme. Very good value for money.
Lows: Nothing so far.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
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  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: MM48343
  Suggested Retail: £4
  PUBLISHED: Apr 09, 2012
  NATIONALITY: United States

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Aircraft are my primary interest from WWll to present day.

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