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Old 11-28-2017, 02:23 AM
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Hi all,
I have just taken on a friends unfinished war bird project (An SC 120 4 stroke powered P51 Mustang built from plan).
In the main the body is almost finished leaving just the main wing and a few odds and ends to finalise.
The guy I got it from clearly had grand plans for build and had started to cover the fuselage in alloy tape. This is not a technique I have ever seen before and have only been able to find one video of it on you tube in which a guy covers a simple foam delta wing.
I would love to finish the model in this way as it looks fantastic. The friend had even started going over each panel of tape applying rivet detail with a narrow hexagonal copper tube he was pressing into the covering.

If anyone has ever covered a model in this way and has any tips and tricks to share I would love to hear from you. I'm interested in understanding how the structure under the tape should be prepared (Varnished / Just sanded ect)? Should the tape panels be overlapped and is adding rivet detail by pressing into the tape best way?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, many thanks

PS: I've only snapped one pic of the model so far (as i was collecting it and squeezing it into my car), ill add more as soon as possible.
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Old 11-28-2017, 03:56 AM
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Since you got the model from a friend, I suggest that you ask him to teach you his technique.
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Old 11-28-2017, 06:59 AM
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Years ago ( I think ) there was an article in the AMA magazine about covering like this , sorry I don't remember who or when . Try going to the scale forum, there used to be a guy ( Stan I think ) that was really up on this kind of thing . Good Luck . ENJOY !!! RED
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Thanks Tom / Red.
Ill certainly have a look at the scale forum.
The guy I took it on from showed me how he had been doing it but as it was the first time he had done it i was just wanted to see if there were any other techniques or watch outs to be aware of
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The aluminum tape method isn't as common as using self adhesive foil. I, too, have seen an article on using it, but I can't remember where.

You Tube has vids on using the foil. Maybe the techniques would cross over.
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You might search for articles on the use of Flite-Metal which is similar to aluminum tape but is much softer and more pliable.
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Originally Posted by bethomson View Post
Thanks Tom / Red.
Ill certainly have a look at the scale forum.
The guy I took it on from showed me how he had been doing it but as it was the first time he had done it i was just wanted to see if there were any other techniques or watch outs to be aware of
Hello!
I am in a similar situation, and I have used all sorts of foil including mommas kitchen foil which I bonded on with 3m 77 spray on adhesive , but I am not very happy with the results. I have not figured how to prevent wrinkles. I used tape to define the edges and cut the foil defined by the tape and it then matches the foil next to it. rubbing it down is where I run into trouble and I need practice.
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