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Chrome Plating on Parts...
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 17, 2003 9:33 PM
Ok folks...Chrome Plating on parts take it or leave it?
Chris
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 17, 2003 9:53 PM
I hate the stuff. It makes parts tough to glue, and there's always that little spot where you snipped of the tree that never looks right with the rest of the piece. I just take all of the chrome off and repaint it.

demono69
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 17, 2003 10:44 PM
Dito what demon said. I strip it all off. In fact I'm soaking yet another Mig-15 as we speak.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 17, 2003 11:13 PM
Love it on cars & trucks and would like to try an A/C particularly the 104. Bare Metal foil is expencive and hard to come by in my nabourhood.
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  • From: Exit 7a NJ Turnpike
Posted by RAF120 on Saturday, October 18, 2003 5:10 PM
I don't like it. It just doesn't do much for a Sherman.
Trevor Where am I going and why am I in this handbasket?
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, October 18, 2003 7:25 PM
some of its ok, like the new Tamiya bits but all the rest shiny bits are bad
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, October 18, 2003 8:53 PM
I like it on big trucks only. Theres just no way to get those stacks and tanks as shiney as the chrome plating.
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  • From: Third rock from the sun.
Posted by Woody on Saturday, October 18, 2003 11:11 PM
It's pretty much worthless on aircraft, it's got to go before you start. I have often thought that if you could plate after you finished putting your model together, it would look ok.

" I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way." --John Paul Jones
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, October 19, 2003 3:16 PM
Can't stand the bloody stuff. Gave it a go on my Tamiya MiG-15bis, thought it would be OK until I had to do some minor fill work. Really didn't like the end result. CA glue ate it up a little as well. Wound up sanding the whole thing down and finishing with Metalizer. If there was a repair or patch product around, I might change my tune. The Tamiya finish is brilliant, but there's no way to fix a bad spot.
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  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Sunday, October 19, 2003 5:49 PM
There are very few instances where the Chrome Plating on a model is useful - even then it usually has a sprue attatchment point in the middle of the piece, marring the plating and impossible to cover. For aircraft, chrome is out of scale (even for highly polished aluminum).
Tamiya does a pretty good job with theyr "brushed" look...........still useless on aircraft.
Does anyone make chrome aftermarket rims for tanks?
Cheers
LeeTree

Cheers, LeeTree
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, October 19, 2003 10:51 PM
like it but have always wonderd why they choose the parts they do chrome? seems every car kit has chrome valve covers, chrome fans,i'd like to see the kit makers be a little more selective with what they chrome.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 20, 2003 3:55 AM
I didnt reply to this earlier but I did answer the poll question.
Can anyone tell me what Monogram was thinking when producing stock car kits from the early 90's????Evil [}:)]Evil [}:)]Evil [}:)]

I have 8 different engine parts trees from 8 different stock car kits soaking in Chameleon model paint stripper...right now....they plated everything except the stinking engine block!Angry [:(!]Angry [:(!]Angry [:(!]Angry [:(!] ARGH!

Not like you can see the parts until you crack the shrink wrap on the box, so its not really a viable selling feature!
Chris
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 20, 2003 10:46 AM
The stuff is 98% worthless. Even is spots where it would be useful, like bumpers and grilles, it is worthless. That is unless you want seam lines on all your parts.

Just strip it off and re-coat with BMF, it is almost as shiny and looks like real metal.

It definately has no place on aircraft.

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 20, 2003 2:17 PM
You know what...the only parts I leave chromed are usually the bumpers...Ive had some BMF laying around I bought yrs ago but have NEVER used it. Is it fairly easy to use or learn to use?
Chris
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 23, 2003 3:54 PM
i never used the stuff what does it do?
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