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Dave Roof's Technique for
Making CRTs Using Stardust Confetti


by Kelly Quirk


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This is a very simple technique that Dave Roof discovered for making your CRT's in modern jets look very realistic, and really give some life to your cockpits. I'm passing this technique along with Dave's permission.

The product is a clear looking confetti made by Amscan, and it is called Stardust. It may appear in other shapes as well, but this is what I found in my local craft store in the gift wrap isle. A package costs just over $2 and will probably last the average modeler a lifetime. The confetti has a reflective property that when viewed from different angles, changes color and reflectivity.

The confetti is thin and very easy to trim in to a square shape, using a sharp hobby knife or even a quality pair of scissors.

Here is Dave's technique for applying them to the cockpit console: Start by painting the kit screen black, and follow that with a coat of Tamiya Clear Green. Cut the confetti to the exact shape needed, and tack in place with Future, covering the entire screen area. When dry, you'll notice that as you move your head around the screen, it will indeed change as you move.

Some finished pictures of Dave's cockpit are included to the right and at the bottom of the page..

For the purpose of this article, I tacked some down on several different colors to see if the effect would change. It seems the different underlying colors do have some effect, especially the red which kept a generally gold tone. The black looks best to me for the purpose of the CRT screens.

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You can also use this product to make a realistic HUD screen, I did so in a 1/48 AH-1S and it looks fantastic. Just cut it to shape and glue it inside the frame in place of the clear kit part. Another use is realistic optics, use a punch and die set to punch out tiny discs, or cut rectangles and use them on your armor kits. I'm sure with some imagination there are many other uses. It's a very simple technique with a very simple product, but the results can take your model to that next level. Many thanks to Dave Roof for sharing this with us.


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Text & Images Copyright 2003 by Kelly Quirk
Page Created 07 August, 2003
Last Updated 19 April, 2004

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