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PostPosted: Thu 22 Nov 2012 21:40 pm 
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Looking for ideas please for adding the chrome strip on the sides.


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Good metal foil tutorial here, you need the self adhesive foil sheet to do this...
http://www.italianhorses.net/tutorials/ ... il/bmf.htm

I guess you could try with normal tinfoil and maybe some sort of tack-based glue (like Revell Contacta Clear)


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Alclad II  :wink:

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Both BareMetalFoil and Alcad II will work, the later requires masking and a gloss black base coat for the Chrome finish. The foil will give great result very quickly if the detail is raised enough that you can easily follow it with a knife. Always use a fresh blade to avoid tearing the foil.

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Masterbuilder Juha Airio precut the BareMetal foil in the actual widt of the items he wish to foil. You need a bit more steady hand, but in return the chrome will forshure be the same widt all the way. Also You use a lot less foil.
Several builder here in Norway have started using the same technique, and they tell it is much easier then imagined.

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Thanks for all those suggestions. The baremetal foil looks to be the perfect answer, but at £5 for a small sheet it is more than I can justify spending on such a small detail so it will just have to be a painted chrome stripe.


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I've heard of folk using kitchen tinfoil  :idea:

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Ratch:496546 wrote:
I've heard of folk using kitchen tinfoil  :idea:


It's glues on the market espacially made for the use of such foil.

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The chrome (or actually stainless steel) moulding on the Heralds and Vitesses are very thin.
When I gety around to do this kit again I'll probably use stretched sprue, paint it silver or maybe Metalcote polished aluminuim and then carefully glue it on.

You can see how thin the strip is on the real thing, it's just abouve the white flash down the sides. So on 132 scale it's not going to be anymore than a thin bright line.
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That is one nice Herald.

Airtrax makes a kit in 1/24. :wink:

Pictures of kit: http://public.fotki.com/bugace/plastic- ... ph-herald/

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Cool link, thanks!

BTW my car is the Vitesse with the different front end and bigger engine.
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I should have seen it is a Vitesse.

Check with Chris (info@onethirtysecond.co.uk), he might have a Vitesse front for the Airfix Herald. I have, but I need it. He made Vitesse, Herald Wagon, and 13/60, but I'm not sure he is in buisness still.
I've started a 13/60 build for my diorama. Will need lot of scratchbuilding, as I wish it to be standing with open, or removed hood, and no engine, just the gearbox etc.

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Hi, me again!

I just remembered something when it comes to foil.
Add the foil just after priming, let the foil be 5mm too wide on each side of the trim, then add  clearcoat. The clear coat must be heavy enough to blend the outside edges of the chromefoil. When dry, sand the foiledges even with the body. Then Body color. Now You could carefully wetsand until You get the foil visible, leaving a very thinn trimlist. The clearcoaot protect the foil, so You should be able to do this with out ruining the foil. The same methode is very usefull on scripts, and emblems. Just add a to big piece of foil, and blend the edges with the sourronding sheetmetal. And carefully wetsand them back when bodycolor are done.

I never been the fastest guy, so I'm sorry I didn't mentioned this methode earlier. :roll:

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I ended up using the foil off a Kit Kat bar. Looks reasonably OK.

BUT I have an issue with the decals for the registation numbers and speedo, they seem to be much too small. I would say they are about half the correct scale size. Have I got ones from a smaller scale kit, or are Airfix penny pinching ?


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pbcoleman:497404 wrote:
I ended up using the foil off a Kit Kat bar. Looks reasonably OK.

BUT I have an issue with the decals for the registation numbers and speedo, they seem to be much too small. I would say they are about half the correct scale size. Have I got ones from a smaller scale kit, or are Airfix penny pinching ?


Buy Your self a white water decalfilm. Scan the Airfix decal, and print it out in the correct size. There are many usable decalsheets out there. Guess there are some tips in the tips and tech part.

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BAC:496627 wrote:
The chrome (or actually stainless steel) moulding on the Heralds and Vitesses are very thin.

I didn't realize how thin that was. I added a chrome panel seam to an Aurora Austin-Healey by fixing a length of silver(y) wire to the finished surface. CA at the ends and then used Klear to fix it along the length. The side flashes, handles and filler cap were done with BMF, and the rest of the chrome is Alclad.

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Bugace:497575 wrote:
pbcoleman:497404 wrote:
I ended up using the foil off a Kit Kat bar. Looks reasonably OK.

BUT I have an issue with the decals for the registation numbers and speedo, they seem to be much too small. I would say they are about half the correct scale size. Have I got ones from a smaller scale kit, or are Airfix penny pinching ?

Buy Your self a white water decalfilm. Scan the Airfix decal, and print it out in the correct size. There are many usable decalsheets out there. Guess there are some tips in the tips and tech part.

Never thought of that. I have actually drawn some correct sized ones on Autocad, printed them to scale on paper and stuck them on. In fact the thickness of the paper makes them look like plates rather than transfers.

But thank you to every one for your ideas.


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Those top wing trims look really good on that Austin Healey!

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I just found this at ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MG3411-1-24-1-3 ... 53f0cb57ef

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My first car was a metallic blue 2ltr Triumph Vitesse. I reckon my total mileage in it was around 30. It sounded great, but I couldn't say that the sound made was as it should have been: probably just worn out. Never did insure it.

A friend took it off my hands and sold it on. I got nothing. This was 1979.


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