Metal covered model parts

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These are some materials I use for models.  

 these are from Hobby Lobby, and a local hobby shop (model airplanes etc).
Getting these to adhere to wood is not always easy, I have used cya, and for flat parts spray adhesive, contact cement.  Generally I prefer to apply the metal to wood before cutting out parts.  But for edges or contoured parts it's applied subsequent to making the part.  I also use brass tubes, and hobby wire, or normal 16 to 18 Guage copper wire.  
To straighten wire from coil chuck one end in a drill and the other in a vise and spin while pulling and it will straighten out.  

TimV, "The understanding eye sees the maker's fingerprints, they are evident in every detail, leave Fingerprints." James Krenov

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Great info. Thanks for sharing!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

tim , magicians never reveal their secrets 😁

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Good to know - thanks for sharing!
A good variety of materials in your builds, forgot about the hobby shops that cater to model airplanes and railroads. I bet wrapping a piece is a challenge. Thanks for sharing.

Main Street to the Mountains

its all about the details and you go above and beyond Thanks 👍

*TONY ** Reinholds* ALWAYS REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN

Close to gilding!

I remember some thick paints my mother used for art (silver/gold). I used them on plastic car model kits.

Just brushed/wiped it on then wipe it off. It would hand-buff up to a really nice chrome for the silver.


Thanks for sharing '0001... Readers should appreciate that these are not reserved for just models, but can be used for many diversified project embellishments.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Thanks for sharing some of your secrets.  The metal parts make your models really pop. I hope you will share more of your techniques and some pictures of your shop.  

Do you use a metal lathe to turn some of the parts?