Welcome to another video tutorial. Today we are going to paint british RAF roundels. Roundel is a circular identification mark, painted on aircraft to identify them to other aircraft and ground forces. In one form or another, it has been used on British military aircraft from 1915 to the present. You could, of course, ask why you should paint the roundels, when there are water slide decals included in the kit? Well, the main advantage of hand-sprayed markings is that painted layer is much thinner than decals and there is no varnish around the edges. Another great thing is that you can choose any color shade you want. Now, let’s get to work. Ordinary Tamiya masking tape is nice, but it is good to have something bigger. Luckily, Tamiya makes a large A4 size stencil sheet for this exact purpose. There are two types of this paper – one is a blank yellow sheet and the second has a millimeter grid. Great tool for cutting circles is this cutting compass. You can easily change diameter of circle, so it is suitable for all basic circular stencils. If you do not have a compass, you can use simple roller with circle templates and cut out the stencils with a sharp utility knife. Anyway, I definitely recommended using a cutting compass. I measure the diameter of the circular decal with a ruller and set this value on compass. Milimeter paper helps me found the center. So easily I turn the compass and cut out such a beautiful circle. Very important is to correctly measure the diameter, otherwise the stencil will not have the same size as decals. Now, I measure the inner circle and cut it out again. I continue in the same manner with all other roundels Blank paper is partly transparent, so you can use it as a template. I can simply put in on the decal and cut it out. I also tried to cut out numbers and letters, but because they have very thin white border, I gave it up. Now, when I have all the stencils prepared, I can stick them on the model. This is crucial moment, because you must put them into correct position. When you use common water slide decals, you can simply move them a little, but you can’t obviously do it when they are paint sprayed, so choosing precise position is very important. Then you have to smooth the edges and stick them with a glue, so the paint will not get under the mask. Since I have a two-color camouflage, it is necessary to dampen the transitions with a white color. White color is also suitable as a foundation for all other colors. I start with spraying the roundel. I always start from lightest to darkest shades. In this case it is red. I let it dry for 10 minutes. The side roundel is a bit more complicated. I cover the white circle with a prepared stencil. Again, it is necessary to ensure the correct orientation relative to the center. I use previously cut out circle as a stencil. I wanted to paint the red center when I realized that I still have to spray the yellow rim. Yellow color is usually very bad for coating and I would have problems to spray it over red base color. It is better to spray it on white base. Another good tip is using Humbrol Maskol fluid over stencil edges, because paint can pour through even a tiniest gap. Great, I have it. I paint the red dot when Maskol is dried. The main roundel on the wing consists of two parts, so I put there the last pice of the puzzle. I smooth it again with a cotton swab. I finish it with a blue color. Another advantage of painting roundels is that you can make easy postshading. Now I only remove the stencils and it is done. Many times I have seen that someone removed the underneath paint too. Why this happenes? Simply because they poorly degreased the model surface before spraying. Therefore, I always wash the model in soapy water first. In addition, you should stick stencils after you sprayed the model with glossy varnish, which also helps to prevent paint peeling. I think the result is quite good. There is a difference between the color of water slide decals and my painted color. Blue on the decals is almost black, and the red is too much pronounced, so I am much happier with my lighter shades. That is all, thanks for watching.