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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 11:50 AM UTC
A new book from AK Interactive's Learning series is available, this time dealing with metallic finishes.
A realistic metallic finish has been probably one of the toughest jobs in modelling. Several techniques are available, from different paints to wax or metal sheets, each one with their own pros and cons. And then you need to add a realistic weathering also.

This first volume, #4 on AK Learning Series, starts with a description of the most common metals represented in modelling, their features and how they change over the time.

Then different techniques are presented on models,mostly using AK Interactive products and specially their new Xtreme Metal Range.

The results are amazing, and while this kind of finishes is more common on aircraft modellers, we all can learn a lot from it.
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A very good question indeed.
SEP 23, 2015 - 01:27 PM
On the comparative with their True Metal products they say that pigments are carried in a resin/solvent base And the specific thinner product information states that It can be used for all of our range of metallic colours as well as other purposes, such as cleaning tools, diluting putty or other brand paints that have the same base components. So definitively not acrilyc...
SEP 23, 2015 - 02:20 PM
Mmmm....desolve putty.....Acetone base?...kind of laquer or like the Tamiya Some time i ask my self "is legal never write the base component of thease stuff?.."...
SEP 23, 2015 - 03:02 PM
From AK's how to guide. "It is recommended but not necessary to prime it first" Doesn't clearly say if it's enamel or acetone, but it would be foolish to not advise priming if it is acetone based.
SEP 23, 2015 - 03:23 PM
Enamel-based metalizers
SEP 23, 2015 - 04:01 PM
LINK
SEP 23, 2015 - 04:04 PM
Review Video on YouTube Hisham
SEP 23, 2015 - 05:00 PM
I have a few Xtreme metal paints at hand, they are similar to Alclad but seem to be thicker. So it is I think a lacquer enamel.
SEP 23, 2015 - 07:12 PM
An spectacular video by AK-INTERACTIVE youtube channel, showing the weathering resitance of the Xtreme Metal range...As you can see, the Xtreme Paints seems to be lacquer based and no enamel based ... LINK
SEP 24, 2015 - 02:37 PM
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