1/700 USS Pittsburgh CA-72 Camo paint mask
Reviewed by Timothy Dike
So you purchased the new Pit-Road / Trumpeter Pittsburgh kit and your a little intimidated by the MS 33/18d camouflage pattern. If you have ever done one of the dazzle patterns before, you know it is a lot of work. Trying to mask all the complicated shapes will drive you crazy. Gator Masks, well known for their Aircraft and Armor masks is stepping into the ship modeling world by offering precut mask that will save you a ton of time and effort. What you get is a large vinyl sheet with a precut pattern on a non-stick surface. It is hard to show this without peeling away the waste from the mask. I have included pictures of both parts of the mask to illustrate the shapes on the mask. There are more sections to the mask, but I chose to leave them in place until I get ready to paint my ship. The only thing that might be a problem, is fitting the masks to the superstructure. With all the deck levels, this might be tricky. I will follow up later with how this goes when I get mine applied.

Each portion of the pattern is a separate part that can be applied on your ship. Refer to the paint guide included in the Trumpeter kit for reference.

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This mask will be a real time saver. I hope to be able to show off the end results on my Pittsburgh soon. I guess the one thing that is lacking are instructions with recommended steps to follow for the beginner. This one sells for $7.00 a real bargain.

Gator has all kinds of Masks, especially those colorful dazzle patterns that we all love, but hate to apply. Check out their website for more info.