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X-15A-2 in 1/32nd scale….

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  • Member since
    January 2018
  • From: Manchester, UK
Posted by DHanners55 on Sunday, May 14, 2023 10:39 AM

Pawel

That's right, metal foil is the way to do it. Sometimes you can get paper models printed with silver paint, which is OK in some cases (like aircraft painted silver), sometimes when you want natural metal finish you have to go the way you did it. definitely an improvement, thanks for sharing and good luck with your next builds

Paweł

 

Thanks. I've used metallic papers before, but haven't found any I liked in awhile. There used to be a silver paper called Red River (as best I can recall) and it was good, but I don't know if it is still available. And of course you can't print white on it.

When I built my X-15A-2 in white, I did use a metallic paper for the metallic sections of the external tanks.

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, May 14, 2023 8:14 AM

That's right, metal foil is the way to do it. Sometimes you can get paper models printed with silver paint, which is OK in some cases (like aircraft painted silver), sometimes when you want natural metal finish you have to go the way you did it. definitely an improvement, thanks for sharing and good luck with your next builds

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Saturday, May 13, 2023 11:11 PM

OK, I'll say it WOW! That's some kind of modeling.

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Friday, May 12, 2023 6:11 PM

The last time I built an X-15 it didn't have very much detail, certainly nothing like that.

I remember seeing all sorts of things on display at the 1964 World's Fair from the new Mustang to the prototype cars like the turbine powered Firebirds to the Chrysler turbine cars.  They also had an X-15 on display at one pavilion but you were kept quite a distance from it.  It was one of the best things on display that I saw there.

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    January 2018
  • From: Manchester, UK
Posted by DHanners55 on Monday, May 8, 2023 1:28 AM

One of the limitations cardmodelers face is replicating metallic finishes. They’re just hard to do with paper.

The external tanks on the X-15A-2 are prime examples. The tanks used on Flight 2-50-89 featured two different metallic finishes. A section of the left tank, as well as the rear dome, were very reflective silver with black circumferential stripes and a black spiral photo target stripe. A section of the right tank was a dull silver and had the black spiral photo target stripe. When my friend recolored the model’s tanks to represent this flight, he did a great job but there wasn’t much he could do about the metallic finishes except represent them in shades of gray. That’s how the model sat on my shelf since I finished it.

Over the weekend, I decided to do something about it. I covered the metallic sections with aluminum foil, using the foil’s shiny side for the left tank and the duller side for the right tank. The job required carefully cutting the tanks off the model, removing the plumbing and covering the metallic sections with foil. I used Microscale Metal Foil Adhesive to stick the foil pieces on. I used black Bare-Metal foil to replicate the black stripes.

After re-gluing the plumbing, I glued the tanks back on the model. I’m pleased with the improvement.



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Posted by JimC2020 on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 9:06 AM

That looks awesome!!!  Great job!!

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, March 12, 2023 8:05 AM

Lookin' good! A model is a model, and this happens to be a good lookin' model :-)

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Sunday, March 12, 2023 6:54 AM

Excellent work! YesYesYes

As a sometime paper modeler myself, I can see that some of the shapes on this one are really tough to do as cleanly and beautifully as you have done them. Very impressive to a tyro like myself!

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
  • Member since
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  • From: Manchester, UK
X-15A-2 in 1/32nd scale….
Posted by DHanners55 on Sunday, March 12, 2023 4:24 AM

Stuck this in the paper models section, but I'm not sure how many folks visit there so I thought I'd stick it in Space. Apologies if that's wrong. A model is a model....

This is a repaint of the Ken West card X-15A-2 to represent how it appeared on Mission 2-50-89, flown by Pete Knight on 18 November 1966. It was 66671's second flight with full external tanks, and Knight hit Mach 6.33.

At the time, NASA was experimenting with various ablative materials so some panels and surfaces were covered with an orange ablator material.

Paper is 170gsm. Various bits were scratchbuilt to improve the kit's accuracy.

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