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Carbon fiber texture

Q: I would like to find out how to cast a 1/8 scale carbon-fiber texture for the hood of my large Pocher kit of the Ferrari F40. Any suggestions?

-Joseph Mack
Mexico City, Mexico

Ken: We can give you several, Joseph!  First, you could save yourself trouble by applying commercially-available decal sheets. However they’d have to be cut and fit to suit your F40. Decals are available online through Scale Motorsports, which offers sheets of 1/8 scale carbon-fiber decals. 

There’s also, where you can find scale decals ranging from 1/12  through 1/25. Not exactly your particular scale, but they might work in a pinch. They also sell a “large” carbon fiber decal sheet which refers to the pattern, but there isn’t a size specified.

That brings us to the “do-it-yourself” part of this answer. With a little experimentation, you can create a carbon fiber texture with an airbrush and piece of fabric or fine screen.

It might help to search online for “carbon-fiber patterns” as there are many to choose from.

The basic idea would be to first spray the hood with flat black primer, which I like to use for all flat black applications since it holds up well. Next, use a suitable piece of fabric or screen as a stencil, then spray a dark gray or any lighter shade of black to create a familiar carbon-fiber pattern.

You’ll need to do a fair amount of research at the fabric or hardware store to find just the right mesh, but, trust me, the results will be worth it.
As always, practice with a scrap piece of plastic before you shoot your big-scale hood.


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