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FSM December 2018; Bare-Metal Foil (BMF) Article

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FSM December 2018; Bare-Metal Foil (BMF) Article
Posted by STOVK on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 9:13 AM

So am I missing something? I think I received an incomplete issue of FSM. The article by John Kowalski, "Bare-Metal Foil for a Big B-29" was lacking critical information. Not once in the article did he reveal how to measure, cut, apply, and detail BMF on the model. There was minimal explanation, but nothing showing the procedure.

Step #4: "Pieces of BMF were applied to the cowlings last" Ok, how? "Then, I added rivets." Really? Show me how you did that.

Step #14 and #15: "Eight sheets were required to cover the wings and fuselage. Each piece was applied, trimmed, and burnished..." Again, no photos showing the procedure. "After the foiling was complete, the missing rivets were filled in." Nothing again showing the steps.

Pretty lacking article in my opinion.

Sort of reminds me of the old Steve Martin joke; "You can be a millionaire and never pay taxes. First. Get a million dollars. Now..."

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Posted by enash on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 11:50 AM

Hey, thanks for the feedback. Sorry the article wasn't as detailed when it came to the application of the BMF. We'll keep our eyes open for stories that describe the process more carefully. In the meantime, check out this article:

http://finescale.com/online-extras/2008/12/how-to-finish-your-plane-with-aluminum-foil

Hopefully you found inspiration in how he corrected other aspects of the airframe. I personally liked seeing exactly how he straightened the warped wings. Are you thinking of building a B-29?

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Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 12:41 PM

I guess that I should have added more detail regarding how to apply foil and rivets. My article was getting very long so I cut out some of the detail. Go here for a lot of detail:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/tools_techniques_and_reference_materials/f/13/t/179536.aspx

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by enash on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 12:44 PM

This is wonderful! Thank you, John!

- Elizabeth Nash, Digital Editor of FSM

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Posted by STOVK on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 8:44 AM

enash

Hey, thanks for the feedback. Sorry the article wasn't as detailed when it came to the application of the BMF. We'll keep our eyes open for stories that describe the process more carefully. In the meantime, check out this article:

http://finescale.com/online-extras/2008/12/how-to-finish-your-plane-with-aluminum-foil

Hopefully you found inspiration in how he corrected other aspects of the airframe. I personally liked seeing exactly how he straightened the warped wings. Are you thinking of building a B-29?

 

Don't get me wrong, I liked the article. However, having never worked with BMF before, I was looking for more techniques.

 

Thank you for the link.

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Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 5:22 PM

Stovk,

I think that it is great that you have an interest in BMF. I suggest that you try foiling something like a MIG-17 or 19. That plane has a simple fuselage and wing shape and foiling it won't drive you nuts. The first plane that I foiled was a P-47.  That plane also has a simple fuselage shape. If you have questions let me know.

 

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, November 22, 2018 9:39 AM

Hey Johny,

I just got my first pack of BMF. Will you come over and tutor me for a week?

Off Topic  <<< me

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Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, November 22, 2018 10:40 AM

Greg

Hey Johny,

I just got my first pack of BMF. Will you come over and tutor me for a week?

Off Topic  <<< me

 

Sure. If you cook lunch for me I'll do the dishes.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by STOVK on Thursday, November 22, 2018 2:12 PM

JohnnyK

Stovk,

I think that it is great that you have an interest in BMF. I suggest that you try foiling something like a MIG-17 or 19. That plane has a simple fuselage and wing shape and foiling it won't drive you nuts. The first plane that I foiled was a P-47.  That plane also has a simple fuselage shape. If you have questions let me know.

 

Thanks for the suggestion. I was also thinking of the Hughes XF-11. Do you think that is a good choice for a beginner in BMF, or does it look like too much complex work?

Hughes XF-11

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Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, November 24, 2018 3:17 PM

The only area that may get I little difficult is the area under ths engines at the air intake. Otherwise it seems pretty straightforward. What scale is it?

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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