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Offline Gadgetron_3000

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[mt Washi Tape] Alternative To Tamiya Masking Tape
« on: May 08, 2018, 03:04:20 pm »
Hi, Everyone!

I recently started to look into lower cost alternatives to Tamiya masking tape, and found some interesting tidbits from researching...

- Tamiya masking tape is washi tape.  "Washi" means "Japanese paper," and it is made using fibers from the inner bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub, or the paper mulberry bush.  Produced in a way similar to that of ordinary paper, it also relies heavily on manual methods, and is generally tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp.

- Washi tape has always been popular with people who do papercraft and is widely available from all the major hobby / craft supply stores (Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Joann, Walmart, Amazon, etc.).

Tracking down which company makes Tamiya masking tape was not too difficult.  Tamiya doesn't outright tell you who produces the tape for them on most of the packaging for their various tape sizes.  HOWEVER, with their 40 mm roll they don't hide the manufacturer at all.  Right there on the inside of the cardboard roll is "KAMOI TAPE" printed all over.  Kamoi Tape is a brand of Japanese company Kamoi Kakoshi, and they, of course, have their own lines of washi tape.  Their brand that is most popular with hobbyists is called "mt" which literally stands for "masking tape."

The nice thing about the mt brand of washi tape is that it's been tested by modelers to work almost exactly like Tamiya tape.  That shouldn't surprise anyone given that Kamoi Kakoshi makes it all.  But the best thing about mt washi tape is the price.  You can get a ten-pack of 15 mm wide x 10 meters long rolls or a twenty-pack of 7 mm wide x 10 meters long of mt washi tape for less than $14.00 U.S.D. each pack from Amazon.  That's a huge relative savings!  Here's a price comparison...

15 mm pack from mt:
  • 100 meters total = 328.084 feet for $14.00.

18 mm pack from Tamiya:
  • Typical roll is 18 meters in length at about $8.00 per roll.  It would take about 5.5 rolls of this size Tamiya tape to equal the total length of the mt brand.  This would make the Tamiya tape cost about $44.00.

So off to Amazon I went to order a pack of the 15 mm wide tape and a pack of the 7 mm wide.  I just received the 15 mm wide tape pack yesterday in the mail and am waiting for the other to arrive.  That should last me a long time.

If you tend to use a lot of Tamiya masking tape, working with mt washi tape can be a great way to go.

Here are some links:

- mt's Japanese website: http://www.masking-tape.jp/en/

- mt's U.S. distributor's website: https://mt-tape.us/

- YouTube member Will Pattison's video on mt washi tape as it relates to Tamiya and model kit building: https://youtu.be/1q8YOPurI7M

- YouTube member Flory Models' video performing airbursh comparison testing between mt washi tape and Tamiya masking tape: https://youtu.be/5dL1IDgfQoE

I hope this information is useful.

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Offline RossW

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Re: [mt Washi Tape] Alternative To Tamiya Masking Tape
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2018, 06:31:34 pm »
Hi, Everyone!

I recently started to look into lower cost alternatives to Tamiya masking tape, and found some interesting tidbits from researching...

- Tamiya masking tape is washi tape.  "Washi" means "Japanese paper," and it is made using fibers from the inner bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub, or the paper mulberry bush.  Produced in a way similar to that of ordinary paper, it also relies heavily on manual methods, and is generally tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp.

- Washi tape has always been popular with people who do papercraft and is widely available from all the major hobby / craft supply stores (Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Joann, Walmart, Amazon, etc.).

Tracking down which company makes Tamiya masking tape was not too difficult.  Tamiya doesn't outright tell you who produces the tape for them on most of the packaging for their various tape sizes.  HOWEVER, with their 40 mm roll they don't hide the manufacturer at all.  Right there on the inside of the cardboard roll is "KAMOI TAPE" printed all over.  Kamoi Tape is a brand of Japanese company Kamoi Kakoshi, and they, of course, have their own lines of washi tape.  Their brand that is most popular with hobbyists is called "mt" which literally stands for "masking tape."

The nice thing about the mt brand of washi tape is that it's been tested by modelers to work almost exactly like Tamiya tape.  That shouldn't surprise anyone given that Kamoi Kakoshi makes it all.  But the best thing about mt washi tape is the price.  You can get a ten-pack of 15 mm wide x 10 meters long rolls or a twenty-pack of 7 mm wide x 10 meters long of mt washi tape for less than $14.00 U.S.D. each pack from Amazon.  That's a huge relative savings!  Here's a price comparison...

15 mm pack from mt:
  • 100 meters total = 328.084 feet for $14.00.

18 mm pack from Tamiya:
  • Typical roll is 18 meters in length at about $8.00 per roll.  It would take about 5.5 rolls of this size Tamiya tape to equal the total length of the mt brand.  This would make the Tamiya tape cost about $44.00.

So off to Amazon I went to order a pack of the 15 mm wide tape and a pack of the 7 mm wide.  I just received the 15 mm wide tape pack yesterday in the mail and am waiting for the other to arrive.  That should last me a long time.

If you tend to use a lot of Tamiya masking tape, working with mt washi tape can be a great way to go.

Here are some links:

- mt's Japanese website: http://www.masking-tape.jp/en/

- mt's U.S. distributor's website: https://mt-tape.us/

- YouTube member Will Pattison's video on mt washi tape as it relates to Tamiya and model kit building: https://youtu.be/1q8YOPurI7M

- YouTube member Flory Models' video performing airbursh comparison testing between mt washi tape and Tamiya masking tape: https://youtu.be/5dL1IDgfQoE

I hope this information is useful.

:)



Excellent, thanks so much for this Gadgetron.

Offline Gadgetron_3000

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Re: [mt Washi Tape] Alternative To Tamiya Masking Tape
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2018, 01:58:00 pm »
Hi, Everyone!

I gave the mt Washi Tape a try, and I must say the result is very impressive.

I dug out an old Monogram Snap-Tite 1:72 F-14 model that I had built as a kid and stripped off all the paint and cleaned it up a little.  This will be my test mule kit.  I wanted to try a black outline area around the cockpit that is not molded into the plastic.  I also gave the upper fuselage and wings a basic pattern similar to the VF-1 of the Macross anime TV series.  The mt Washi Tape laid down incredibly easy and can follow slight curves.

I used a spray can of flat black and gave the area a couple of light coats.  After peeling off the tape, I was amazed at the sharp edges.  It all looks very good!

So with that, I'm a convert to mt Washi Tape.  And unless I have reason to do otherwise, I'm relegating my rolls of "regular" masking tape to future less important taping duties.

If anyone is interested in buying mt Washi Tape from Amazon, here are some links:


Good stuff, and highly recommended!

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Re: [mt Washi Tape] Alternative To Tamiya Masking Tape
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2018, 07:04:04 pm »
Just ordered.

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