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HK B-17G WIP Update 9/27/18 Guns and Small Bits

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Time for another update, albeit a small one (or maybe it is significant? I dunno).

 

After much humming and hawing, I decided to try out the AK Extreme Metals paint for this beast. After testing on a few small pieces, I got cracking on the fuselage (wings are still awaiting sanding and rescribing). The results were very, very impressive!

 

42702703720_3e1517d5d4_k.jpg20180903_140122 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

There were some imperfections and dust in the paint, so after a good few days curing, out came the sanding pads and polishing rags again. Lather, rinse, repeat...

 

42702704140_7d23daeb0b_k.jpg20180903_102202 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

And here's one with flash, same photo, just for kicks:

 

42702704580_d2453bf0dc_k.jpg20180903_102156 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

After I was satisfied with the base coat (base layer black, then matte aluminum), I highlighted a few panels with different shades of metals (white aluminum, basic aluminum, and polished aluminum), and the results were subtle, but beautiful, just like I wanted:

 

42702700930_fe63dba3f9_k.jpg20180905_105034 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

42702703190_a1c3d35464_k.jpg20180905_105048 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

42702702960_eb61594ba3_k.jpg20180905_105106 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

42702702730_d44aa6e18f_k.jpg20180905_105139 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

42702702200_48a9356f49_k.jpg20180905_105251 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

For the many concerns I read about AK Metals not being durable and peeling up with Tamiya tape, those fears were quickly relieved. This stuff is super durable, and I haven't had any issued with paint peeling.

 

As this is a late-war 96th BG bird, there's a logical next step. I wonder what that could be...

 

42702701570_e7ea8dd837_k.jpg20180905_184513 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

43601990665_a37310ded0_k.jpg20180905_184531 by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

Stay tuned, more paint coming soon...

 

As always, comments and critiques are most welcome. Thanks for checking in!

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

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41 minutes ago, Out2gtcha said:

Looks great!  I have yet to try the AK Extreme stuff yet on any kind of major project yet. 

 

I can highly recommend it. It goes on so smooth, and you can really pile it on without and adverse effects. I found it best to give the black base coat a long time to dry (a few days is good), and then shoot the metal at 10-15 psi. Worked like a charm. Only down side is you power through a bottle of the stuff quite quickly, and it isn't too cheap. I used almost two bottles on the fuselage, and broke open a third to get the engine cowls and touch-up painted. I want to try the polished aluminum on an entire airframe, and I have a resin 1/1 scale Terminator T-800 forearm that their chrome should look incredible on.

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

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Excellent work, Dennis! Looks great. The AK metallic paints are susceptible to peeling if you use them on bare plastic, but over a primer, they're bullet-proof.

 

Kev

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Guest Maxim

Really looking great! The finish is excellent.

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Dennis,

 

That is spectacular! I have used the Extreme Metal range for limited applications like brush painting and an F-16 afterburner, but your work gives me confidence. What black paint did you use as primer?

 

Cheers,  Tom

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7 hours ago, Uncarina said:

Dennis,

 

That is spectacular! I have used the Extreme Metal range for limited applications like brush painting and an F-16 afterburner, but your work gives me confidence. What black paint did you use as primer?

 

Cheers,  Tom

Tom, I just used their black base primer, available with their Metals paints. I burned through it fast though! Two whole bottles just on the fuselage. The coverage was spotty, but I was okay with that. It gave a somewhat spotty appearance to the metal, but very subtle and convincing.

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

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I recently used some of the AK Extreme metals on a NMF Ki61 and was impressed by the results- much easier to work with than Alclad, although the Alcad finish looks more realistic 'metal' to me before weathering.

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What do you do when you have a few uninterrupted hours in the middle of the week? Well, you airbrush red and olive drab, of course.

 

44481918122_e80db02b16_k.jpg41045759_573396976425563_6324215403488739328_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

I love the look of good airbrushed red, and Model Master Insignia Red sure does the trick. What I don't love about red is no matter how good a masking job you do, it always seems to weasel its way into some little nook or crevice, right onto your natural metal paint. Some touchup will be required, but I am pleased with the results:

 

30661764998_cd0878d069_k.jpg41326627_187749092020355_5987434437850169344_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

Different B-17 manufactures painted different styles of anti-glare onto their birds. This particular plane was manufactured by Douglas, and fortunately Eduard provides some awesome masks for their 1/72 and 1/48 B-17 kits to mask the correct anti-glare panels based on the manufacturer of your particular bird (Boeing, Douglas, or Vega). I simply used their instructions to create my best effort to recreate Douglas' version. I am pleased with the results:

 

44481917962_9faadaba04_k.jpg41097933_893272344191837_983004253255630848_n by Dennis SAuter, on Flickr

 

You'll notice the little bit of red on the front of the cheek gun. This was painted red on my Grandfather's bird, so I recreated it here, too. The forward window on the opposite side of the nose had a red outline painted around the window itself, and I will recreate that with brush painted Insignia Red.

 

Next up: Deicer boots on the tail and horizontals (this plane had them), and then, clear coat and decals. Now, where did I put those wings...

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

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