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A note from Geoff…
I just wanted to welcome Tim to SMN and to thank him for taking the time and trouble to create and now share how he does the ‘bare metal foil’ technique.
You may have seen the entry in this section of your Techniques Bank from Peter Doll – just look at the incredible results he achieves. I’m sure Peter has a similar approach, yet different in some ways from how Tim goes about adding real metal foil to his models to give them that truly metallic look.
I am very curious about how this is actually done as I’m sure many of you will be too and I have now bought some Micro Bare Metal Foil Adhesive, some BMF and I’m keen to try this out on a future project and that will be made all the more appealing because I’ve watched the 3 videos you are about to see and I reckon it’s seriously doable!
Sure, if you’ve not tackled this approach before then, like me, you’ll need to practice – trial and error, and… the results, as you can see from Peter’s work and I’m sure Tim’s too (just waiting for him to complete this F-51D project that features in his videos) and we’ll add a gallery of photos of Tim’s F-51D Mustang at the end when they come in.
For me, this approach is just another option for modellers who want to try and create realistic bare metal foil finishes on their models. Check out the Vehicles area and some of Geoff Brown’s excellent builds where he used this technique. It doesn’t mean that all my models from now on will be finished in BMF – far from it. There are many factors you need to consider when deciding on what finish you want to create and many questions to ponder, or not, as you wish, before deciding on a sprayed ‘silver’ finish or maybe using the BMF approach shown in this technique.
So, how do you do it?
This then is how Tim does it and I’m blown away by how straightforward he makes it seem! How good is that? Give it a go and let’s see some of your results. Just use the contact form in SMN to let me know what you’ve been up to. :) or drop me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Over to you Tim…
Thank you Geoff and I just really wanted to mention that I’m a member of Bolton IPMS Model Club and this is an amazing club – so friendly and helpful and caters for everything modelling; not just aircraft and I’m 30, been modelling for past 2 years now after getting back into it from when I was a teenager. I’m from Bristol but live in Manchester now.
I will definitely upload pics of the finished F51-D Mustang when complete – oh and I will report how the decals go on once gloss coated and will make another video on how I will cover the drop tanks as that requires 2000 grit sandpaper to remove the joins of 2 pieces of foil once I get to that stage. The plan is to add some simple weathering – exhaust staining and the like.
Tim Brooke 🙂
Tools and materials – what you’ll need…
Here are a few things you’ll need to help you complete this technique successfully:
- a roll of kitchen foil – not too thick (or you can use the bespoke Bare Metal Foil products available from model retailers (like Hannants here in the UK)
- cotton buds – to press down the foil and get a smooth finish
- Microscale Bare Metal Foil Adhesive – to stick your foil to the plastic kit surface
- cocktail sticks – to help the foil settle down into the recessed panel lines
- scalpel – use a sharp (preferably new) blade for removing excess foil from each panel after it’s applied.
(Ed …a quick note on the videos – please listen carefully as the sound is a little muffled at times – you can see perfectly well what Tim is doing and pick up most of what he’s saying)