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Italian F-104 1/32 Scale real metal skin


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Hi All,

Here is one of my latest commission builds for a friend and former F-104 pilot. This represents the exact plane he flew in the early 1990's. This model is covered in actual aluminum panels cut from sheets, not bare metal foil. Decals are custom made for his squadron. The tail section is scratch built to represent the late model 104.  I spent around 200 hours on this build.

 

Rick 

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Outstanding work, Rick.  I'm curious.  How thick was the aluminum and how did you get the panel lines so straight?

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Thanks! Its very thin a little thicker than aluminum foil. I made a template for each panel and cut and sanded them individually. I hand rivet each panel before applying them.

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  • 2 months later...

So was I Mark lol.....doing all metal finishes is quite the undertaking.

Thanks for checking her out!

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Most impressive Rick! Not sure I would have the patients that you do to apply the aluminum. From the looks of it you’ve mastered your skills applying it.

Chris

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