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    June, 2016
Posted by modela chris on Thursday, June 30, 2016 3:18 PM

I am a old time modeler and I have a question about this BMF and would like to see how it's used if someone could that would be great thanks.


Model-a Chris,

Model-a Chris,

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  • From: Norwich, Norfolk, Nelson's County. Exiled in Suffolk.
Posted by Bish on Thursday, June 30, 2016 3:53 PM

I am assuming you mean the natrual metal Finish. There are a number of ways to achieve this, do you have one approach in mind.

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Posted by CrashTestDummy on Tuesday, August 02, 2016 3:54 PM

It's used to replicate unpainted metal on the surface of your kit.  Like this:


Spirit of St. Louis cowl

Here, I took a pencil eraser and used it to create an engine-turned effect on the surface, then cut the foil off the backing, and adhered it to the cowling area of this Spirit of St. Louis kit. 

Gene Beaird,
Pearland, Texas

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, August 03, 2016 9:26 AM

The initials BMF can mean either bare metal finish or Bare Metal Foil.  The latter is a product name- a metal foil with adhesive on back.  the term bare metal finish refers to any and all techniques to duplicate a natural (unpainted) metal- usually aluminum- on model subjects.

Some modelers do a great job with paints, aluminum, silver, matt or glossy.  Sometimes they mix slight variations in colors for multiple passes to simulate differences in alloys or surface smoothness.

There are metalizers, like Alclad or others, that are very thin metallic paints that go over a glossy undercoat and can replicate surfaces from weathered aluminum to polished aluminum or chrome plating.

Finally, there are some who do whole aircraft with Bare Metal Foil.  A lot of work, but can result in a striking model.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Silver on Thursday, August 11, 2016 5:11 PM

There five styles of NMF which can get stunning results.One of the methods is  mixture of all styles,including foil.-S'N j -Testors metalizers ,Alclad,Extreme Metal,Floquil,and Tamiya spray.Also,Foil.

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Posted by Silver on Thursday, August 11, 2016 5:24 PM

Foil is the most hardest to achieve For the average modele.It takes many years to perfect the style of foil.The result of foil is stunning.It took me manny moon's to complete a metal foil project to win at a contest.I have at least five stunning metal foil model aircraft in 1/48 scale.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:47 PM

Silver ;

  Now see , I like to do them that way . I have done about a dozen to date and given them away as gifts . I use probably five or six different colors of foil , Including making my own .

    Making my own is labor intensive , but , it seems to have a good shelf life . I tried a Y-B - 49 with Rub and Buff . Gosh , it got shiny .Took a clearcoat well and just looked awesome .Trouble is it took about four months before I could decal it and then clearcoat it    

   I think the product was like a cream oil based paint . The thing is , the harder you buffed it the shinier it got ! I haven't used that product since .  T.B.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 9:56 AM



I have been using Bare Metal Foil on my airplane models for years. It takes a while to finish a plane in BMF, and a lot of patience, but I like the results:


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