By Steve Glick 

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I recently completed my P51D using Flitemetal and was extremely pleased with the outcome. It is a great product and relatively easy to work with. Its a Top Flite giant 1/5 scale with Zenoah G62 and Robart retracts. Prior to application of Flite-Metal, the balsa sheeting was covered with silkspan with finishing epoxy, then primed.

Three view drawings were scaled up, then panel lines were tranfered to the P-51's surface prior to cutting and applying individual panels. Flite-Metal is soft and pliable enough to go around extremely tight corners (the cowl was completely covered, for example). Individual panels behind the side exhausts are buffed to a high polish to simulate the stainless steel panels.

Black and white checker board color over Flite-Metal is TopFlite Lustrecoat. A flat clear coat was shot over everything to keep fingerprints off. I haven't flown it yet - still trying to get up the courage... Steve Glick