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How the need to paint a highly polished surface, has created an experimental finish...


Yesterday I started to work on that quick-build Tamiya P-51D Mustang that will run alongside the MENG build. Part of the challenge of this one is to replicate a highly-polished warbird, so I wanted a shift in patina between the wings (painted) and fuselage (natural metal). so, I decided to further play with the K acrylics that I was given last year, in particular, their Chrome primer and final finish. Rather than experimenting on the fuselage, I thought I would spray some of the smaller items and see how it sprayed and what the contrast would look like. This is the result or this afternoon’s session. I’m pleased with the way the chrome looks, and the patina-shift between the painted wings of my MENG kit and the highly polished tank and flap, is just what I was looking for. I’m still nervous about the fuselage and the need to mask over this paint, but time will tell if that’s well-founded, or my worries are misplaced…

I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!

3 comments on “K CHROME – THE WAY FORWARD?

  1. JohnnyComeLately

    Do you have a link for these paints Spencer?

    Did a few quick searches but the name is quite generic, getting a lot of other unrelated stuff and can’t seem to find them.


  2. Wayne Beattie

    That really comes out nice and shiny. Did you have to do any polishing to get like that?


  3. No – that’s just the way it looks over their Chrome Base primer. It’s really nice I think! 🤓


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