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Carlos Gomez
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TanModel 48th scale RF-84 Thunderflash

February 14, 2023 · in Aviation · · 22 · 0.7K

This is my recently completed in 48th scale. Decent kit overall but there are a few fit issues that crept up in various places including the landing gear and windscreen / canopy fit.

I used Rub n Buff silver wax paste for the overall natural metal finish. Kit decals for a mid-1950s French Air Force jet.

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  1. Very nice result Carlos @air2! 👍 What is your opinion of the Rub n' Buff? Was it easy to work with?
    And, please allow me to welcome you to iModeler. It's great to have you here! 🍻

    • Hi, Gary and thank you for the welcome!

      Rub n Buff is very easy to apply and work with. I found the best success using mini makeup applicator brushes as they are soft and able to spread the wax evenly.

      I also used a cotton cloth to apply the wax to larger areas of the model such as the wings and fuselage. Though the manufacturer does not indicate a recommended drying time, I was able to buff the wax within a few minutes of application. Give it a try on some scrap plastic to see if you like it.

  2. Welcome to iModeler! That looks fantastic - I had heard of Rub & Buff but don't remember ever seeing it used. It came out looking very realistic. Well done!

  3. Looks stunning, Carlos!
    Welcome aboard!

  4. Great entry, Carlos @air2
    Very nice result on the NMF, never heard about the Rub n Buff, but it seemed to do a great job.
    Welcome to this great community.

  5. Wow - someone actually finished that ferschlugginah kit! It defeated me.

    Lots of good work to be seen and a very nice result.

    Welcome to the best modeling club on the planet.

  6. Rub n' buff still exists!?! I remember that stuff from when I was young. The model captures the worn nature of French aircraft from that period very accurately. It's really nice work.

  7. Welcome, Carlos! Nice work and good to see one of those built.

  8. Looks great, Carlos, must try and get some of that Rub n Buff. Welcome to iModeler.

  9. You got the very best out of a Rub n Buff finish, Carlos. It looks realistically worn and varying in tone, like real metal. Do you lay down any paint before applying it it? I sometimes do a gloss black underneath, like doing a metal finish, instead of just rubbing the paste on bare plastic. I am not sure if it is worth the extra effort.

    • Hi. Colin. Thanks.
      For the base coat I went with a gloss white for the upper surfaces and a gloss black for the undersides and halfway up the sides. I got the varying tones through the use of different polishing sticks. Additional tones came from the use of weathering washes.

  10. Nice build! Welcome to the site.

  11. Looks great, Carlos!
    Welcome aboard!

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