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Old 03-13-2019, 04:31 AM
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I haven't posted much in quite some time. I wanted to share my latest project. I purchased the f104 from mirce models. He built this model so he could document the build. I bought the model from him with the intention of flying her at top gun this year. The model is entered in the unlimited class and mirce is part of the team. The team name is "Mirce Fierce F104". I love finishing models in flite metal. This was by far the biggest model that I have ever put flite metal on.. It was a labor of love. She has the scale airworld retracts, a Tailored pilot from England and Tailormade dry transfers from germany. Power is a bf 300 turbine. The cockpit kit is out of Italy. I'm really proud of her. She is a replica of Chuck Yeager's F104. I hope you enjoy the pics. Barry










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wow is all I have to say.....stunning
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Very nice work!
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Wow, that is an amazing looking plane. A quick question, how do you prep the FM to remove the orange peel effect that comes from the adhesive on the back? Do you sand before or after application and what grit do you use?
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Rcmigpilot, the surface is glassed, primed and sanded with 200 grit. I rub the flite metal on fairly aggressive. This gets rid of a lot of the orange peel texture. I then burnish with varying scotch brite pads to achieve the look Im looking for in different panels. No orange peel can be seen after that step. However, a polished finish is difficult to get rid of the orange peel texture. Therefore, I try to replicate models that are a bit worn and not a show piece. Barry
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Looks fantastic! surprised you got that done as quickly as you did! Good Luck in FL!
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Fantastic work Barry and Mirce!
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Wow, makes me want to take a trip to FL.
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Fantastic work - by all of you. Given it went from a pile of wood to that is stunning work.
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Great work! Just out of curiosity.. how many packages of FM did you use..cost to cover that puppy
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