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Hello,

New to this forum, just curious, has anyone used metal foil tape for the hull on the Revell Constitution? I know there are plenty of paint's in lacquer, acrylic and enamel in copper. If you have used copper foil tape, what brand was it, and if you sealed it with a clear lacquer, and if there was any issue with the tape coming unglued after a bit. Painting will be much easier of course but after foiling a small section of the hull, I really like the look of it. I used copper foiled Washi tape for a test. Wanted to wait till I've heard from others on using actual metal foil tape. Thanks in advance.

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I did mine with Bare-Metal Foil (brand name) copper.  Very thin, all the surface detail shows through when burnished down.  Buy a pack and try it.

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I thought at first,"why bother with foil on a plastic model when all the detail is molded on?" But then if the detail shows through the hull and you prefer the look have at it. Coppering a hull is sort of satisfying . Much more than say drilling a hundred holes for eye bolts.

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1 hour ago, ah100m said:

I did mine with Bare-Metal Foil (brand name) copper.  Very thin, all the surface detail shows through when burnished down.  Buy a pack and try it.

Thanks for the info, I will give it a go.

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1 hour ago, reklein said:

I thought at first,"why bother with foil on a plastic model when all the detail is molded on?" But then if the detail shows through the hull and you prefer the look have at it. Coppering a hull is sort of satisfying . Much more than say drilling a hundred holes for eye bolts.

Even with the Washi tape, after burnishing it down, all the rivet and plate details come through. It looks quite good. I just don't know how long the adhesive will hold, the tape that is. BMF might hold much better than tape. Thanks!

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The designers/engravers of plastic kits usually get the coppering wrong, as did many modellers in wood too in the past. Things are changing though through access to information. The moulded-on copper plates usually are far to thick with too prominent stepped seams. The nicety about using adhesive copper foild/tape is that you can closer to scale dimensions.

 

The nails on coppering to do not protrude, but tend to pull in the sheet due to the softer layer of felt underneath. Look in other sections of the Forum for discussions on this subject. Depending on the scale you might either completely forego the nailing or slightly emboss it from the front before applying the tape. The protective paper layer is just soft enough to allow a light embossing.

 

Having said this, it means that you have to scrape clean the underwater hull in preparation of the coppering. While you are at it, you might also want to remove the grossly out of scale plank moldings on decks etc., btw.

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