F-89D Scorpion in the paint shop!
I've had this D sitting on the shelf ready for paint for a while waiting to finish my C version. Just got the urge to get it done. I took photos of the steps I use when doing a natural metal bird. This kit lends itself well to metalizer because it generally fit together well (to reduce sanding scratches) and the plastic polishes up very well. One thing I do on these or similar kits (like Revell's Intruder) is I'll glue the keel piece to one half of the fuselage instead of installing it after they're joined.
As far as painting goes, I do all my trim colors first. I does mean you'll have to mask everything twice, but the aluminum plate metalizer and tape do not play well together! Next I'll paint all my non-aluminum metalizer colors, buff and mask. They are fairly resistant to lifting and the 3-M blue painters tape works well. (Just stick it to a table or window first to get rid of some of the tack. Don't leave it on too long either. Just long enough to paint and buff your aluminum. After all that is done I buff before unmasking and viola! Small latches and access panels will get picked out with a brush in various metalizer colors after the polishing. On this one I might leave the dull/scuffed areas to the kick steps on the left side and the DC power connection cover on the right. Also the a few of the scoops and inlets were made of a fiberglass material and will be painted silver.
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