After trying again this year to produce paint masks, using a new 4 sets per week system, I have decided that enough is enough. When I have completed next months quota and the extras that I need to do, I will all but stop producing paint masks to order
I had planned on stopping next March as I will be 65 and I want to crack on with a few other things. However I have become pretty delusioned by the whole production thing because, even only doing 4 sets per month, I just don't find enough time for me.
Maybe being asked to write a book was the catalyst for the decision. Not because I was asked to write a book but because when I eventually said, "no thanks", I felt a great weight lift. I have been finding it difficult to get motivated to draw anything for the sets that I have been asked to do this month and I have been drawing something that isn't mask related, something for a resin detail piece, something that hasn't been done before and something that I have been given the details of by the best source possible More about that when I have finished the drawings and have gotten them turned into 3D render and can get a set 3D printed. I do need it done for September, so it won't be too long and it will be offered along with the required paint masks and information for the aircraft to which it belongs.
So I am not going to abandon paint masks completely, rather I am going to focus on other aspects of masking and markings, sort of! There are some of you, and I think that you know who you are, who I will still happily produce masks for but, unless I can turn something around in a day or I have it on file I won't take it on. I will also still produce masks for camouflage and I will look at advertising what I do have on file but essentially come the end of July, I'm done.
Now having said that I can't just walk away, I have learn't far to much, some of which I want to pass on. That requires a book but an e-book so as not to be bound by space limitations. It will have some tips on general masking but mainly about how to use commercially available masks for markings. That is because Commercially available masks tend to have very poor or even none existent instructions.
Thanks everyone for your support over the last 10 years, I may now actually finish more models of my own