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SMH
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At a crossroads with chrome trim
Posted by SMH on Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:00 PM

I've been modeling for years and I've never quite figured out how the add chrome trim to a model. I can use bare metal foil it's pretty easy, looks good, but when the model doesn't have a lot of detail but you know there's chrome trim that needs to go around a window frame or a long a body panel, how do you go about doing it?

I tried free hand painting, dry brushing technique, masking, just never quite looks as good as bare metal foil.

Thanks

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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:39 PM
Some folks are using the Molotow chrome pens. Stores selling art supplies should have them.
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Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, May 23, 2019 8:53 PM

mississippivol
Some folks are using the Molotow chrome pens. Stores selling art supplies should have them.
 

I use one for landing gear oleos and vehicle mirrors.  Love it.  They come in a couple of tip sizes.  Got mine at Hobby Lobby.

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:59 PM

BMF is good, but so is the thinnest (cheapest) "aluminum" foil.

SMH
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Posted by SMH on Friday, May 24, 2019 12:17 AM

mississippivol
Some folks are using the Molotow chrome pens. Stores selling art supplies should have them.
 

Didn't know they existed. Looks like Hobby Lobby is on the to do list this weekend.

Thanks

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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Friday, May 24, 2019 6:40 AM
Let us know what you think about it. If you go to HL, they carry it in the model kit supply section.
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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, May 24, 2019 9:13 AM

I like the Molotow pen too, for small detail and lettering.  But, you must be careful.  If you get any ink on the body it is pretty hard to get off without making a flaw in paint.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

SMH
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Posted by SMH on Saturday, May 25, 2019 8:00 PM
Just picked up a 1mm today. Very impressed with my practice runs. Crazy how chrome it looks. Thank for the help
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Posted by GlennH on Sunday, May 26, 2019 7:02 PM

goldhammer

 

 
mississippivol
Some folks are using the Molotow chrome pens. Stores selling art supplies should have them.
 

 

 

I use one for landing gear oleos and vehicle mirrors.  Love it.  They come in a couple of tip sizes.  Got mine at Hobby Lobby.

 

Sounds like a nice thing for mirrors. Are you using any special color as a base before you use this pen?

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Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, May 26, 2019 11:03 PM

I haven't yet.  Seems to be thick enough to cover most colors of styrene.  It does seem to be a little fragile to handling though, so I try to use it as late as possible in the build

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, May 26, 2019 11:41 PM

I'm in the same boat.  About to start a 70 Chevelle and the one thing I'm concerned with is the chrome trim.  I have heard about the molotow pens.  What is a good size to start with?

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, May 27, 2019 7:38 AM

I experimented a bit with the Molotow pens and found the stuff can be thined with laquer thinner.  On a happy accident I had to do some touch up but my pen was empty so I removed the back of the pen and put a few drops of thinner in it and shook it...voila more chrome paint.  So then the next one I bought was dumped in a jar and added 30% Laquer thinner and now it goes farther and I can use a small brush instead of the pen for more control.  I did a couple of 1/25 car bumpers with the small pen and had no problems. The small tip on the pen is really good for placards and emblems on cars but you have to be sure there is not much paint on the tip,  almost like dry brushing.

It doesn't seem to matter what base color if any is underneath the chrome to my eye.

This stuff flows together quite nicely so the smallest size , 1mm I think, will sufice for any situation .

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Liegghio on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 3:15 PM

For the real rivet counter fanatics, Pilot makes a 1mm silver paint paint pen that works like the Molotow, but gives you a finish that looks more like the polished stainless steel or aluminum trim used instead of plated chrome on some cars.

Moltow also sells refill bottles of their chrome so you can airbrush it without breaking into pens. 

The Molotow finish can be rubbed off in handling but I cover it with Whateverthehellthey’recallingFuturethesedays (To be referred to henceforth as WTHTCFTD for short) and to my old eyes it still looks like chrome.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:15 AM

Liegghio

For the real rivet counter fanatics, Pilot makes a 1mm silver paint paint pen that works like the Molotow, but gives you a finish that looks more like the polished stainless steel or aluminum trim used instead of plated chrome on some cars.

Moltow also sells refill bottles of their chrome so you can airbrush it without breaking into pens. 

The Molotow finish can be rubbed off in handling but I cover it with Whateverthehellthey’recallingFuturethesedays (To be referred to henceforth as WTHTCFTD for short) and to my old eyes it still looks like chrome.

 

Where did you pick up the Pilot stuff?  Do places like Hobby Lobby and Michaels carry it?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:31 AM

Don;

 Office Depot sells Pilot products .

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Posted by Liegghio on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 1:31 PM

Hobby Lobby also sells them. It is called “silver marker SC-S-EF”. They also make it in gold but I haven’t had any use for that color in modeling, I just use it for fancy writing on colored paper like greeting cards.

I wish I didn‘t have Advanced Modelers Syndrome that causes me to research which cars use polished metal instead of chrome, and where, and use the appropriate marker. It’s not like anyone else is ever going to notice!

At least its not as extreme as the time I bought a $5 swap meet SMER Alfa-Romeo kit as a “quick build” and ended up scratch building wire wheels for it.

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