Now you're ready for the part where the plastic chrome covering
is transformed into real aluminum. Buy 0000 grade steel wool
from the Hobby Shop or builder's supply - make sure it's at least 000 and preferably 0000. Take a small piece about 2" square & start rubbing the Chrome Monokote©. Sometimes rub in only 1 direction, and when I get tired, I just start rubbing back & forth.
In the end, it doesn't much matter, the scratches eventually all blend in, anyway. As the steel wool gets dull (and it does fairly often) change it around or turn it over, and occasionally, get another piece.
WOW! As you rub, you will watch Chrome Monokote© transform itself into real aluminum like magic. In fact, the more you rub,
the more it looks like real aluminum. You will occasionally lift seams, but a hot iron will soon cure that problem. (if you've not rubbed the adhesive away, if you did, simply use a small brush, apply Balsarite©, let it dry and then iron the seam back down).
Once you've finished the rubbing & have an aluminum airplane, the fun begins. Consulting your three view (you "DO" have an accurate three view with panel lines, rivets, Dzus fastners, etc.
don't you?) apply your panel lines with a flexible plastic ruler
& a soft #2 lead pencil. You'll find the lead pencil will indent
the surface. By leaving a light residue of carbon in a resulting
grove,it will appear to be very realistic panel lines.
Be careful and don't press so hard that you break surface of the Monokote©; it takes a considerable amount of pressure to do so.
As you work, you'll be amazed that the airplane will come alive.
If you mess up a panel line or put it in the wrong place, just use
the iron on it, and it will go away.
Once you're finished applying all your lines, cut a piece of brass tubing the approximate size of the rivets and Dzus fastners you want to duplicate.
I cut my tubes between
4 or 5 inches long, then wrap masking tape around middle of the tube, approximately 2/3 of
the distance from one end. This
increases the diameter making it more comfortable to hold. Decide where you want
your rivets, fasteners, etc. & gently press end of tube with a rocking motion onto