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  1. snigel79, If you can hack Fusion 360, you should certainly be able to work your way through Studio!!! Fusion is harder on people (like me) coming from more intuitive Windows based programs, than it is for folks (like you) going the other direction. Most everything in Fusion has it's own way of having to do simple things like moving bodies or sketches. SO I can appreciate your frustrations coming from the unique Fusion environment. However, I don't think anyone can give you the personalized hand holding that you seem to be looking for. Just takes grinding in front of the computer with Studio and YouTube (which has some excellent starter videos, in my opinion). And you clearly have a terrific command of English, so there's lots available to read ... but there is no Fairy Godmother with a Studio wand to tap you on the head. As for your not being able to easily see what you are drawing, go over to the Line Style Panel on the right of the screen (fourth from the top) where you can pick the color and thickness of your lines (that thickness does not effect the cut). Learn how to do that and later when you start cutting, you can select different actions by color - in the example below, cut the blue lines only though the vinyl, cut the green lines all the way through the carrier backing material, and sketch the red and black lines. As was pointed out by Mozart, I also recommend highly that you invest in the Designer edition, if for no other reason than you can then open/drag in vector art (like vector PDF, SVG and others), and Designer will instantly generate cut lines without the need to trace either manually or with the Trace Panel. I think you'll eventually find that drawing in Studio easier than Fusion since there's no struggling with constraints, for example. Of course, there's nothing that matches the precision of CAD. Hope you stay with it! Gene K EDIT: I just realized that you originally posted over a year ago, so all above is probably passé for you now ... right?
  2. A timeless "tutorial". Thanks. Gene K
  3. That was a nice journey for me -- thanks, Mike. Gene K
  4. Nice tips, Woody - thanks. As an aside, I've used the Silhouette Studio Print And Cut feature - print on decal paper, then use the cutter to cut the decals. Many tutorials on YouTube for both Silhouette as well as Cricut. If the cuttter is properly tuned/aligned, the film cuts can be made very close to the decals images. Gene K
  5. I use Oramask 810* (note NOT Oracal, the company). Like denders, I get mine here where you can get it in individual pieces and/or rolls. If you buy a roll. yes, you can load it into the Cameo 4's built in adjustable-width holder. Not sure why you'd want to do that since the masks most of us use in modelling wouldn't be large enough to require a roll. Much easier, as danders suggested, to cut a piece off a roll and mount it on a cutting mat. I use two cut settings: one to only cut the patterns through the vinyl; and the other to cut an outline around the masks all the way through the backing. That process gives me an easy to handle piece, for example, to use with transfer tape. The Oramask price, I think, is reasonable, but haven't compared it to other masking material - works for me. Gene K *Oramask comes in versions - 810 is the most flexible, whereas 811 and 813 are better for flat surfaces.
  6. Hoops, Do you have a handy reference for the placement of the plates? Thanks, Gene K
  7. How did it go with correcting the A and E, Greg?
  8. Thanks - nice job tracing the Academy sheet. 👍 I changed the colors of your bounding boxes to green so that I could cut that color through my mask material (Oramask 810). Will make it easier to handle the smaller individual masks. Gene K
  9. Thanks hoops. I cut some masks this morning and the fit was spot on! Next week I'll use those as a base for some Has TF-104 masks. Have you made any masks for the Revell F-104? Gene K
  10. Hello, Woodie. Sorry I didn't see your PM earlier. Unfortunately not much action on that forum to check on. As I mentioned in my file description, I use .010" plastic for the 1/32 straps. With the Cameo 4 Autoblade, my settings are Depth 10, Force 33, Passes 2, Speed 1, Track Enhancing On, and Line Segment Overcut off. Of course your setting will depend on how "new" your blade is (my current blade is well used), and you may also have to adjust for the hardness of plastic you'll be using. My .010" stock is fairly stiff. Those straps are tailored for the Tamiya kit, so likely will not work for other brand models or scales ... "ask me how I know". 🤔 Gene
  11. Very nice, Greg. Thanks much. You can "solve" your type problem (as with the A and E in MARINES) by installing the truetype fonts of Long Beach USN (free trial) or USN Stencil (free). They are essentially the same save for miniscule spacing. USAF Font is Amarillo USAF. The "real" download button on these pages is the small one on the right edge of the page on the LARGE FONT NAME line. Gene K
  12. Where are you in NW FL, Jim. I'm near Pensacola. Gene K
  13. Thanks. Is this for the Meng 1/24 or 1/32 kit? Gene K
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