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  1. 22 minutes ago, Timonator said:

    Looking Awesome ! How did you paint the chrome/polished aluminum parts ? They look really good.

    Tim. Most of the engine and other detail parts are made of white metal. I have a three step method of prepping and painting them

    1. removing seams, drilling appropriate holes and sanding any unwanted cast marks.

    2. I put the parts in small batches into a magnetic tumbler with a burnishing fluid for about 15- 20 minutes for cleaning and polishing.

    3. Prime , base coat, color. I use mostly Alclad for my metal colors. But I do leave the parts polished if it calls for it. Like the air boxes. I used 1500 grit sand paper then 3000 grit, then I polished it with rubbing compound . Then shot some 2k clear to seal the decals.

  2. 7 hours ago, Pg265 said:

    Hi Chris,


    Another big piece!

    Once again you’ve done a great job with the beautiful and complex engine/gearbox sub assy!

    The cockpit is really nice too with a great seat.

    Can’t wait to see more! ;) 



    Pascal.. thank you very much for your kind words, I just hope with some more practice I can achieve your skill level 😊

  3. If you have ever tried assembling a mfh kit, you’ll know that you need to go 3-4 steps ahead, to make sure the actual step your working on won’t throw everything out of wack. Like decals. I was all set and happy and then I took a step back and looked at the overall kit and realized I need to paint and put one decal on the engine cover, so it will line up with the cockpit. So after a few weeks of fighting seam lines.. (bodywork is not my strong suit) we are now back on track. 
    thanks for looking 






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