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World War II: USA
Aircraft of the United States in WWII.
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bare metal finish on P-51D
United States
Joined: February 19, 2009
KitMaker: 1,139 posts
AeroScale: 3 posts
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 10:23 PM UTC
I want to do a 1 48 scale P-51 in a late war bare metal finish
I know the finish on the fuselage was bare metal and the wings were painted flat aluminum to basically seal all the seams and rivets
to keep the airflow smooth over the wings
so what colors do I use ?
any help or advise will be greatly appeciated
British Columbia, Canada
Joined: September 03, 2009
KitMaker: 6,965 posts
AeroScale: 6,247 posts
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020 - 02:14 AM UTC
I find that the very best flat aluminium finish I can get is from the Testors spray can. For the fuselage I like the various tones of Alclad.
I have found that I can get interesting variation by using different colours on the primer. Alclad is its shiniest on gloss black, but doing random panels in white, grey or yellow results in a multi-toned finish using only one metallic cover coat.
You'll need to get some metallic paints and experiment to see what works best for you.
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California, United States
Joined: May 03, 2006
KitMaker: 2,500 posts
AeroScale: 318 posts
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020 - 02:23 AM UTC
If you want to go simple, I've had good luck with Tamiya AS-12 Bare Metal Silver right out of the can.

Shiny but not chrome, it fades from specific notice once the markings are on.