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Aircraft Modeling / Re: HOW TO: Natural Metal Finishes
« on: May 21, 2022, 11:01:05 PM »
Thanks, No.1--I've been watching all the time but haven't had any contributions for so long......it's good to have something to review again!

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: HOW TO: Natural Metal Finishes
« on: May 21, 2022, 09:14:40 PM »
It's a long time since we've added anything here. I can no longer get my favorite Testors ModelMaster paints since Rustoleum killed the whole line, so it was time to start anew with an alternative. I found some of the Vallejo line of metal finishes and decided to give it a try. The subject is an old AMT XB-35 kit that has been waiting for assembly for many years. As odd as it may seem, this is the first time I've really given acrylic paint a test as I've always had ample stocks of enamels and lacquers in the past.

My first step was to spray the extra landing gear doors with various primers to see what happened and how durable the aluminum would be. One door was bare plastic, one in grey lacquer primer, one flat black enamel and one gloss black enamel. Then I sprayed the aluminum over each door set and let it cure, then masked one half of each with Tamiya tape and sprayed another coat of the aluminum. It turns out that the Vallejo is more durable with primer under it as the unpainted doors scratched rather easily. The others all turned out pretty well, with the black primer being the best--flat or gloss didn't seem to be too different from each other.

Next, on to another test.


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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Eduard A6M2 no. 11155 1/48
« on: January 30, 2022, 01:46:22 PM »
Great build, my friend!!!

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Messerschmitt BF 109Z (RetroWings 1/72)
« on: October 04, 2021, 02:16:30 PM »
Another award winner!!!

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Warplane Art / Re: Canadair CL-215 and CL-415
« on: August 18, 2021, 01:54:06 PM »
Excellent profile, and condolences for those lost in the crash. Fire-fighting is very dangerous flying...

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Messerschmitt BF 109Z (RetroWings 1/72)
« on: May 31, 2021, 07:52:40 PM »
Looking good!!!

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Warplane Art / Re: Vickers Valiant
« on: May 31, 2021, 05:21:55 PM »
Fantastic!!!

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Combat Warplanes / Re: Valiant
« on: May 20, 2021, 12:10:50 PM »
The "forgotten" V-Bomber! This is a favorite of mine!!!

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Azur Savoia Marchetti SM 79 JIS/JRS B, 1/72
« on: April 21, 2021, 12:05:47 PM »
Good work, mate!

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Douglas Skyray- Tamiya 1/72
« on: February 23, 2021, 12:08:53 PM »
Good results, and I like those squadron markings!

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Ground Forces / Re: Something New (and Old) VW Sedan
« on: February 16, 2021, 11:48:12 PM »
I must say I'd forgotten about this thread in some ways.... I have made little progress on the full-size car since those two photos were taken, and right now it is VERY cold here in the middle of the U.S. so I am not about to venture into the shop. This spring I'll get going again on Ingrid, but for now I'm keeping the water pipes from freezing in the house!

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Combat Warplanes / Re: Hawker Demon
« on: February 10, 2021, 11:59:44 AM »
The father of the Hurricane!

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Douglas Skyray- Tamiya 1/72
« on: January 21, 2021, 11:54:38 AM »
The manta ray of aviation appears!

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Warplane Art / Re: Convair B-32 Dominator
« on: January 21, 2021, 11:53:14 AM »
Lovely!

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Warplane Art / Re: Convair B-32 Dominator
« on: January 16, 2021, 02:53:39 PM »
Moving along nicely!

Although I love the B-32 myself, it really is an ugly duckling compared to the B-29, isn't it!?

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