The below photos show promise, but also raised questions. It's obvious that the company selling these wants modellers to clearly see the product, so painting them flat black with a white background is the best way to show the product . But this is not how real props look. Real props can be seen through and you can do this with this product, so it's very good in that respect!!!
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Then I got to pondering this whole thing during a modelling session....what if the modeller painted these with dark paint (black?) down the centre of the prop and lighten the colour out to the edges. That is how real props look.....dark in the center (black?) and the colours get lighter as you move closer to the edge of the prop. Then add yellow prop tips....but not masked sharp...the yellow has to have a feathered edge where it meets up with the black or at least this is what I think props look like....reference photos will be a big help here. Masking the tips is a good idea to paint them, but a raised mask is probably the best option. Again...the yellow prop tips should be solid yellow in the center of the prop blade and feather to a lighter less solid shade of yellow....or maybe transition to a different shade or colour....again....consider reference photos as well as the background colour where these will be photoed or displayed.PropBlur is currently available in 1/48 scale (1 1/4 inch length) only.
PropBlur is sold in sets of two blades. You will need one blade of PropBlur for each kit blade you intend to replace. A P-51 will require two sets of PropBlur to replace all four blades of the kit propeller. An SBD requires two sets as well. Yes, you end up with one more blade than you need, but if you've got a TBM in the works you'll only need three sets of PropBlur to complete both aircraft. A P-38 or B-25 would require three sets as well. B-17 or B-24 would need 6 sets. You get the idea.
Below you'll find ordering information from the PropBlur website.
Price: $3.75 per
kit. Each 'kit' includes 2 PropBlurs, and you need one PropBlur for each prop
1/48th scale. Other scales will be available soon. Sales tax applies to orders
shipped to California addresses. Instructions included with purchase.
David Barnes PropBlur Team
Photos and text © by Steve Bamford