A few pictures of my 1/32 Trumpeter English Electric F1A Lightning and 1/48
Monogram F-86D Dog Sabre, both in foil. The Lightning is my 2nd foil job and the Sabre is the 4th and is a proof of concept to see if foil can be used in smaller scales. I also did an
RB-57F with the long wings and a 1/100? Aurora 1955 F-104.
I toiled for 15 years to master a Natural Metal Finish with every type of product I could find and all except the foil looked like what it was Silver Paint.
Never again will I do a NMF except in foil as nothing looks like metal than metal…
The secret is put the adhesive (Micro-Scale Bare Metal Foil Adhesive) on the model …NOT…the foil and work 1 panel at a time and grain it with 4/0 steel wool, sandpaper
to put a grain in the foil.
All aircraft aluminum panels were stamped or cut out and some put thru rollers to give them a curve which put other GRAINS and machine marks on them.
Tough to do on a painted surface, but I won’t say impossible, but I’ve never seen it and would love to see a painted NMF match a foiled one.
Takes a little more time, but not really much for the results you can achieve.
Please if anyone has any questions, I’ll be more than happy to try answering them.
Post a few more pictures later
6 additional images. Click to enlarge.