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Rodney J. Williams
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My First "SnJ" Spray Metal Aluminum Painted Model

January 22, 2020 · in Aviation · 5 · 1.7K

I "think" this was the first model that I painted with the new "SnJ" paint back in 1987/1988.

I took it to the local IPMS/USA-San Jose, California's monthly club meeting and told everyone how I painted it and used the SnJ polishing powder to rub out the paint and make it shine in some areas.

I painted what they called the "aft after-burner" section of the model with some of my different colors of paint.

The kit decals went on the SnJ paint ok and I don't recall if I added some Future on the model before I applied the decals, nor after they were on the model. I can't remember back to 1988.

Everyone liked the SnJ and most everyone said that they are going to buy some of it.

Another modeler said that I should write a story and send it to "FSM"
( FineScaleModeler) magazine which I did. Little did I know that they would publish my story, let alone put a photo of it on the cover of their magazine.

I got some nice letter's in the mail 'cause this was long before the "Internet" was invented.

After 32 years of setting in my dust-proof lighted show case, it still look's like these photos. It has been in a plastic dust proof case since I moved from Colorado to California.


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  1. Really a beautiful Hun. I've always loved that jet. The metal finish is beautiful. Here is a link to my F-100D build here on iModeler. I used Vallejo Metallics on it. They are water based acrylics and very easy to use. This was my first attempt at a NMF.

  2. Great modelling Rodney, it still shines! What a finish!

  3. Those were the days, indeed, just look at that exchange rate on the magazine price.

  4. Those were the days indeed, just look at that exchange rate on the magazine price.

    • The exchange rate is like everything else. Up...Up...and Away.

      My monthly Social Security check increased by a "whopping" USD$5.00 per month. I have no idea where to spend this extra money.

      Going back to 1977 when I got back into modeling there has been a big change in silver and aluminum model paints. I most likely tried all of them and I really can't say who has the best, as some of the paints are no longer available.
      When it comes to Tom Roger's's a beauty and could easily beat my model in a contest...WOW!
      Soon, I'm going to post a sea plane in a "water-base" display, and then my T-Rex and another dinosaur  diorama.
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