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In Topic: Some cars from Auburn IN ACD weekend

30 August 2014 - 04:12 PM

My brother and his wife attended this year. Of course, plenty of photos. I've only been to the ACD museum twice, but it is a wonderful place. 

In Topic: BMF tip

25 August 2014 - 04:11 PM

I've always been amazed that people ever recommended cotton swabs for that task because of the fuzzies problem. I tried moistening them with saliva but didn't really like the result. I do like using Tamiya's firmer cotton swabs. I bet wetting the swab and then wringing it some would do the job, though. Good tip (literally and figuratively). 

In Topic: Fujimi Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

25 August 2014 - 10:33 AM

This should be an excellent build. I'm also curious to see how it turns out, specifically to see if you run into any problems along the way. All that PE stuff comes with the kit? It looks very comprehensive as PE sets go. Makes me want the kit even more than I already do. 

In Topic: Alclad in place of BMF

24 August 2014 - 02:07 PM

Bought Alclad and was given some Alclad II. Did some tests, over enamel gloss black, and over other colors. I wouldn't use it on a model even if BMF didn't existed. It's fragile, hanling the model can and will damage the finish, not to mention that a coat of wax will ruin it.

When I'm out of BMF, I just use household aluminum foil and white glue. Same result, a little more work.


Like Mr Spock would say, the logic is very simple: Foil is metal, what you are trying to replicate is metal. 

I will take issue with several points you make because I think you are unnecessarily absolutist and perhaps misleading. 


Alclad (chrome and polished aluminum) are NOT fragile. If that is the result one gets, then one is doing something wrong! It is an incredibly durable finish that withstands all the manhandling I've dished out to parts I've painted with Alclad. Moreover, I think your assertion that "a coat of wax will ruin it"  may be true but really just raises the question, "Why would anyone try to wax Alclad?"


And, lastly, your so-called simple logic is neither. We work on models that create the illusion, more or less accurately, of reproduction in miniature but we don't replicate all the processes and materials used in making automobiles. Cars have glass for windows but very few modelers attempt to use glass in scale. 


That being said, a modeler really should try to become adept at using BMF. It is well worth the effort. 

In Topic: Hi from France

23 August 2014 - 04:36 AM

Bienvenue chez nous au forum Model Cars Magazine. Il y a plusiers francais ici deja. Il n'est pas necessaire t'excuser votre anglais. Ici nous nous parlons la langue universelle de modelisme.