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Offline ChrisF

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Alclad questions...
« on: May 13, 2013, 02:32:24 AM »
Does anyone have a decent conversion chart for Alclad ?

Im going to be doing the Airfix club Meteor at some point and fancy giving Alclad a go but have no idea which of the various shades i should be looking at :(

Offline jcf

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Re: Alclad questions...
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2013, 03:17:58 AM »
Not sure I understand the question as most of the Alclad 'Regular' shades are intended to replicate mill finish bare metal.
As such they don't conform to any paint standards. Colour choice is dependent on what kind of metal you want to simulate.

If you are doing a HSS Meteor, I'd just go for an aluminum paint, or silver with a bit of white or light gray added,
as the HSS finish was paint not bare metal.

http://alclad2.com/finishes/regular/
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Offline ChrisF

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Re: Alclad questions...
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2013, 03:26:17 AM »
So would you recommend ALC101 aluminium or ALC119 Airframe Aluminium for example ? For the meteor that is ?

Offline Rickshaw

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Re: Alclad questions...
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2013, 10:12:52 AM »
The RAF tended not to operate bare metal aircraft.  They actually painted their aircraft silver, AIUI, for protection from the elements.  Which is why they are so uniform in colour whereas most bare metal aircraft tended to vary from panel to panel.

Offline ChrisF

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Re: Alclad questions...
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2013, 09:13:22 PM »
Yup i knew that.. I just need to know what Alclad would be a suitible Meteor colour lol

What shade so to speak :)

Offline jcf

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Re: Alclad questions...
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2013, 05:18:13 AM »
Hi Chris,
Alclad is a semi-transparent metallizer (the surface beneath the coating controls the effect as it remains
visible 'through' the Alclad) rather than a 'paint' per se, and as such isn't really worth the extra cost if one
just wants to paint a 'silver' aircraft.

However, if you want to practice with the product, it does apply differently than regular lacquers or enamels,
then I'd go for the dull aluminum over a smooth grey primer. Use thin coats, and as it is semi-transparent
don't expect it to build like a heavy opaque silver enamel.

Cheers
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