Hi Ed, My name is Rob Bailey, I am the Finish Advisor on RCWarbirds.com. I have recently received a question from a modeler about Flite-Metal. I have not yet used your product, although I have seen several models that were covered with it and they were outstanding to say the least. Anyway, I was hoping that you could perhaps answer this one for me so that I get the information correctly. Here is the question that I received:
"Rob--see if you can nail down Ed Clayton of Flite Metal to "show" us how to skin a compound complex such as the fairing centered at the wing leading edge and fuselage."
In the application of Flite-Metal draw the panel lines from a 3VU (three view) onto the surface of the model after it has been fiber glassed as normally done with .06 to .07 oz to the sq.yd. glass cloth and epoxy resin thinned 50% with denatured alcohol.
Glassing unitizes the model making it stronger as the use of resin and cloth bind the airframe sections into unit sets of individual parts glued together for strength. Glassing provides a uniform surface. As usual, after glassing, apply an additional coat of resin to fill most of the weave after sanding rough edges from initial coat and remove paraffin released during curing.
Surface must be prepared as if you were going to paint. Get rid of low spots between ribs...etc then prime, sand with 200/300/400 wet and dry as usual. It appears there are many borne from an ARF/ARC era whom don't understand how to prepare surfaces for paint...
Drawing 3VU panel lines on to the aircraft surface will serve to show exactly how many panels there are on a model. While most modelers don't necessarily replicate every panel on the full size, they need to see the number of sections or pieces of Flite-Metal required to replicate the full size correctly...in compound curve regions of the airframe.
It is tempting to think one might "bridge" more than one panel with a single piece of Flite-Metal...don't, it takes longer to do this than cover the two panels with two pieces...
I'll repeat myself before going further. In the application of Flite-Metal draw the panel lines from a 3VU (three view) onto the surface of the model after it has been fiber glassed as normally done with .06 to .07 oz to the sq.yd. glass cloth and epoxy resin thinned 50% with alcohol, and prepared as if to paint the model.