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  1. Hi all, I have the Accurate Miniatures Grumman F3F-2 kit to start but could do with some help on the finish/paint call outs. The instructions say the fuselage was aluminium and gives call outs for G.S. Aqueous 8/Humbrol 56/Xtra Color X142 amongst others. The instructions say the wings (and I assume the tailplanes although that is not mentioned) were "doped taunt and painted with silver lacquer" which the instructions call "Silver doped fabric" but aside from saying this resulted in a "highly reflective finish, noticeably brighter than the fuselage" it does not give a paint reference call out for it. So two part question, can I use anything from the Alclad 2 range for the aluminium finish, I know there are various types (Aluminium//Polished Aluminium/Airframe Aluminium/White Aluminium/Dark Aluminium) but I tend to associate these with modern fighter jets and don't know if appropriate for an inter-war biplane or should I stick with the callouts on the instruction sheet? And is there a paint I can use for the 'silver doped fabric' finish on the wings and I assume tailplanes? The one stipulation for this colour I suppose is that it must be brighter than the aluminium fuselage? Thanks in advance, Pete
  2. Hi Guys Thought you might like a quick comparison from a new user of these two finishes. I'm working up to a Lightning F2 and want a good metallic finish. Previously tried acrylic silvers are not up to the job IMHO. SO, make up 2 x 1/72 P51s (one Airfix and the other Tamiya) and, after much YouTube and BM time, buy AK True Metal and Alclad. As well as YouTube there's a good link here to Gekko_1 post on AK http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234970584-trumpeter-lightning-f6/?p=1821912 Both prepared with Vallejo grey primer applied by airbrush. What do you think guys? AK brushed (and really dragged the brush) and Alclad airbrushed. Left hand = Airfix, Alclad Right hand = Tamiya AK True Metal. Airfix pre-shaded, Tamiya not - you can tell, can't you. The panel lines stand out much better on the Airfix. The Alclad gives a polished metal finish (and smells pretty harsh - it's a varnish). Close up: I know there's some pooling on here but it's not too bad from far away! I blame inexperience and my first airbrush which I used on the wings (cheap eBay set). Now I have an H&B Evolution and used it on the fuselage - much better. I'll get even better now I've had some practice. The AK wax smells, er, like wax (floor type) and is quite pleasant. You'll have seen in the YouTube reviews that a very little goes a long way - as you'd expect with a wax product you need to brush this out but it covers A LOT. I think a tube is going to last for ages. The finish depends on how much you polish it. This is after a rough going over with a cotton bud. Love the detail on the Tamiya although the Airfix is good too. There you have it then. Not a skilled modeller and I must admit I thought I liked the AK better until I saw these photos. To me the finish is more natural. You can polish to higher glosses apparently and I'll be watching Richard/Gekko_1's post with interest!!
  3. Kit Italeri 1:72. Paint Humbrol, Tamiya & Xtracolour enamels, Tamiya acrylics, Alclad lacquers. Decals Xtradecal & Micro/SuperScale Extras None North American F-100D Super Sabre 48th Tactical Fighter Wing RAF Lakenheath 1961. Cannot recall when I enjoyed a project so much. To me the ‘Huns’, Delta Dagger’s, Voodoo’s and Thunderjets/ Thunderstreaks of the early fifties to early 1960’s simply epitomised the ‘Cold War’ from the American perspective. Colourful as Peacocks and (usually) as big as cow-sheds. As ever, thanks for taking the time to look. I’ll do my best to answer any questions and/or comments, and please, please bare-in-mind this is NOT a natural metal finish, it’s painted aluminium !!! (Thanks). Ian
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