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Silver highlights on model cars
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 9, 2003 6:24 PM
I've just bought my first model car since I was a kid. Are there any techniques for doing raised chrome work on bodies? specifically "mustang" on the boot of a 1/24 Monogram Mustang. I'm afraid of ruining the paint job with my unsteady hand!?!
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Posted by naplak on Friday, May 9, 2003 9:30 PM
You might take a look at Bare Metal products... http://66.70.211.27/index.htm

I have found it to be one of the easier and better ways to do that narrow chrome trim.
www.naplak.com/modeling ... a free site for modelers www.scalehobby.com/forum/index.php ... a nice Modeling Forum
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  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Friday, May 9, 2003 9:31 PM
Use Bare Metal Foil for the chrome trim strips. It's dead easy to use and looks fantastic. It's easy to apply to windshield surrounds, windows, door locks ect etc.
For the raised letters, unless they're REALLY big, hand painting with chrome paint would probably be your only option.
I think the Model Car Garage makes photoetched frets of things that might help - I remember seeing frets with things like engine size designations (427/429/351) and other little bits on them. I can't remember their website address - someone else might be able to help there. I've gotten a few things from them - McLaren detail set, some seat belts and stuff - they're pretty good quality. Have a look, maybe they might also have a set of letters that will fot the trunk lid.
Cheers, Lee Tree

Cheers, LeeTree
Remember, Safety Fast!!!

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  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Friday, May 9, 2003 9:32 PM
Found it - the url is
http://www.modelcargarage.com/mcg_main.cfm
Lee Tree

Cheers, LeeTree
Remember, Safety Fast!!!

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  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Friday, May 9, 2003 9:35 PM
I've just had a look at Model Car Garage - they've got several Ford detail sets that do have the photoetched sets for mustangs - 1967, 69 Shelby, and 85-99 mustang. Have a look - they're good stuff.

Cheers, LeeTree
Remember, Safety Fast!!!

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    May 2003
  • From: Shrewsbury, UK
Posted by Martsmodels on Saturday, May 10, 2003 4:01 PM
leemitcheltree - just had a look at the MCG site as your comment about the Mclaren uprgade kit interested me. It seems quite expensive unless there is more than one 'sprue' - is it any good??

Haven't started the model but it is on the 'must build' list when I get around to it.

Sorry to go 'off subject' guys
Martin http://www.freewebs.com/martsmodels/
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, May 12, 2003 1:51 PM
A member of my club taught me to put a piece of chrome foil over top of the emblem BEFORE you paint. When the paint is dry, use some polishing compound to rub away the paint on the emblem. The chrome foil should eventually show up. It takes some time and patience, but the results are very good.
Another thing I saw at our local contest was a guy who made a 'mold' of the emblems in foil. He used heavy aluminum foil and just pressed it down over the emblem so that it made an 'impression' in the foil. Then, he removed the foil (carefully) and poured epoxy into the foil mold. When dried, he popped the small epoxy piece out and painted it silver. Trimmed the edges a bit and voila, he had a little script that could be attached to the car. The results looked very good to me.

M.
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