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Michael Phillips (Fighting 84)

Canopy Tint Experiment

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This album is attached to project #042 Hasegawa F-22A Raptor.

Status: Ideas | Scale: 1:48 | Albums: 1 with 10 images
Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor
US Military US Air Force (1947-now)
1 FW FF 03-041
Langley AFB, VA | August 2006
FS36251 FS36176 FS36375


08. January 2017 at 05:54:11 Share
Glenn . Looks great i think you have a winner!
11. January 2017 at 01:08:02
Dietmar Kollmann Very nice idea!
11. January 2017 at 06:48:15
Spanjaard well done, all the experiments paid off :)
11. January 2017 at 08:14:43
Florent Thouret Really good idea ! I love it !
11. January 2017 at 08:20:41
Michael Phillips Thanks guys! I am pretty excited with these results. I might even have to move this project up in my queue a bit. Pretty pumped to do this project!
11. January 2017 at 19:04:37
Gary Brantley Could you please describe your process? Thanks!
11. January 2017 at 19:06:44
Michael Phillips I actually wrote it in my Project comments, but I will put it here too so it is easier for all to find since this album has it's separate comments:

So I decided to experiment with the nail polish and an extra P-51 canopy that came in the Tamiya P-51 kit I just completed. I would say it was a success! Put some regular Laquer Thinner (Hardware store bought) in a cleaned, empty gunze paint bottle (about 1/2 full). I then took the polish brush and dabbed polish into the bottle until I had what looked like a nice mix. I then shook it up, and put some in my airbrush and sprayed INSIDE the canopy. I put in two coats to get the results that are in the album attached to this project. You could go darker if necessary, but two coats looks just right to my eye, and still able to see inside quite well!
11. January 2017 at 19:08:18
Gary Brantley Interesting. And the lacquer thinner had no adverse effect on the canopy plastic? That sounds good. Thanks, Gary :)
11. January 2017 at 19:42:48
Michael Phillips None at all. I think that is because I sprayed light coats and it was dry almost instantly. The inside is slightly dull, so I might try to dip the canopy in future and see if that glosses it right back up (my guess is it will). The outside is obviously the same as it was since I only sprayed the inside.
11. January 2017 at 19:46:38
Andrzej Ligocki Looks very good :) What is the number of lacquer?
11. January 2017 at 20:10:14
Michael Phillips The nail polish is "Born Pretty #212". Bought it on eBay for 75 cents shipped to the US from China! I can't imagine the seller made very much on that sale LOL.
11. January 2017 at 21:05:13
Bryn Crandell Interesting. Going to have to give it a try.
11. January 2017 at 21:07:07
Kees Kleijwegt Great result Michael. I would say the experiment is a succes :)
I will definitely try it in the (near) future
11. January 2017 at 21:15:42
Spanjaard i see the surprise of some Chinese guy when a dozen of man all suddenly ask for Born pretty 212.... they may think is a new fashion :D
11. January 2017 at 21:36:07
Michael Phillips Haha Spanjaard! Although, it is better to buy it under the anonymity of the internet, as opposed to walking into a drug store or cosmetics shop and plopping that bad boy down on the counter. Or ever worse, having to ask the pretty cashier where their "Born Pretty" polish is. LOL
11. January 2017 at 22:11:04
Spanjaard ha ha ha :D
11. January 2017 at 22:45:51
berni Hi Michael, thx for your explanatiion. I also imagine the faces of the Chinese or the seller in the shop. :D
11. January 2017 at 22:57:17
Glenn . I have a "nail polish addiction" now too! i just stocked up on 6 different versions of the Born Pretty range.
I can see it being used on everything from a F-22, F-35, EA-6B and so on and some of the other colors might end up on some custom cars or sci-fi projects too! All brought over the internet to protect my masculinity of course! But i did buy some cool pearl blue and orange colors at Target the other day but with my girlfriend with me! :) Just wait till Tamiya gets onto this then you'll pay $25 a bottle!
13. January 2017 at 04:53:02
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