Vol. 3 Issue 6

June 2011

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HAPPY JUNE EVERYONE! Summer is here and in this months newsletter we have a great article about incorporating Metal Foil Adhesives to your project by Ken Friend.


Also, make sure to check out our New Releases for this month that include a couple of new aircraft decal sets and a Great Northern Passenger Car with Updated lettering.


Fathers Day is coming up this month and this is a great time to begin sharing your passion for modeling with your kids. Modeling can be a great way to teach patience, skill development and the process of building something by hand.


Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads and fellow modelers. 


Note: Due to the increase in raw material costs, we must unfortunately raise the cost of our product.


We have avoided raising our prices for as long as possible, but we can no longer prolong the inevitable.


The increase will take effect on July 1, 2011. Any orders placed between now and July 1st will be honored at the lower prices.


We take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for being with us and using our products.


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Check out our selection of aircraft decals and start flying again.


We offer aircraft decals in 1/32nd, 1/48th & 1/72nd scale. 


How about building an;

- P-51 Mustang - AC72-0020

P-51 Mustang - AC48-0020

- F-15 Eagle Data Markings

USN/USMC F-4 Phantom II 

- P-47 Thunderbolt U.S.

P-51 A/B/D Mustang Insignia 




June New Releases 2011

Micro Metal Foil Adhesive  

Tips for using the metal foil adhesive from Microscale


We are please to introduce a great article written by Ken Friend. Ken demonstrates how you can create realistic looking metal parts that are bubble-free using aluminum foil and Microscale "Micro Metal Foil Adhesive".  


I have found that bubbles can form under the foil as a result of the mold release solution & the foil adhesive interaction. The model I had problems with is a 1/32 scale F-82 that has a lot of scratch built parts. I have used several different vendor's silicon molding compound, resin, and mold release, however, I have not found any correlation to any one vendor. If bubbling under the foil appears it is usually occurs after only a couple of days.
On the model I am working on there will be variations in the color and sheen of the foiled panels. To achieve this I use different toothpastes to polish/dull the surface. The panels that I have rubbed more vigorously seem to bubble more than ones I have lightly polished. I think the heavy rubbing and scratching of the toothpaste is actually expanding the surface of the foil ever so slightly and causing it to spring away from the adhesive after a couple days. I can get the same effect if I sand a piece of foil with 600 grit wet or dry sandpaper; the foil curves to the sanded side.
Bubbles forming under foilHere is an image that shows the reaction between the mold release and adhesive. I couldn't get a picture of the initial reaction; it was simply too violent and quick. The image is after about 10 seconds:

My solution to this unwanted reaction is; After I make the resin parts that contain mold release residue, I will clean the parts extensively with dish washing soap and warm water, then follow that with isopropyl alcohol to eliminate the release agent. I then let them dry for at least a day,

In my next step, I apply a very thin coat of filler to the resin pieces and sand that smooth before I apply the foil with the adhesive. So far, so good. After much more vigorous sanding and cleaning, it appears the problem has been solved. I think it was really a combination of factors.   


By using the Microscale-Micro Metal Foil Adhesive properly, your project will turn out beautifully. You can see from the example shown below that with a little better understanding of the chemical reactions that are going on, you can overcome this unwanted affect as you apply the foil
 finish.Ken Friend's 1-32nd Scale F-100 with Metal foil applied. 

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2009 Catalog IN THE WORKS

Each month we will be letting you know what we're working on for the near future. Please remember to check out this newsletter each month for details of upcoming releases.   
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