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Painting Metal Earth kits

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Painting Metal Earth kits
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, September 29, 2017 9:15 AM

I am intending to buy one of the new Metal Earth kits- a excavator (power shovel) and want to paint it.  I believe the material on those kits is nicely polished stainless steel, and I assume a good metal primer will work on that.  Has anyone tried painting one of the ME kits?  These are those photo-etched metal kits.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    July, 2008
  • From: Albany, NY
Posted by jeffpez on Friday, September 29, 2017 10:05 AM

I can't answer your question (but assume you're correct about using a primer)  but would certainly like to see some progress reports as you build it. One of my longest standing wishes is for some contstruction type kits. I've never heard about Metal Earth kits but will start looking for info.

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    April, 2009
  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Friday, September 29, 2017 12:36 PM

I tried to build the Enterprise model from Metal Earth, and it was a complete failure from the start.  The tabs and slots were very difficult to fit together.  The main hull broke in half when I tried to bend it, and there was no repairing that.  (I am experienced in using PE, but not like this.)  Building a model from photo-etched parts is not a viable idea.  May I suggest that you save your money for something else?

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Posted by JohnnyK on Friday, September 29, 2017 4:10 PM
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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Friday, September 29, 2017 6:42 PM

Don - I would recommend either etching it lightly or a light sanding with a 400 grit or so, before priming.  Give the primer something to bite into.  Never tried painting one of them, so not entirely sure.  Built the Huey, and have the Arizona, and a couple of others in the stash.  Looked at the dozer last time I was in HL.


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