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      Post #66498, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Watched several you tube videos this evening on the AK Interactive Extreme Metal. Anyone here have experience with this stuff?

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      Post #66499, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I wouldn't use anything else. It's much easier to use than Alclad which I could never get on with and the results are just as good. It's also more "forgiving" if you need to touch up or deal with small flaws. The only problem I've discovered it that the standard aluminium and the matt aluminium are indistinguishable so you need to look elsewhere if you want contrasting panels. Apart from that minor issue it's an outstandingly good product.


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      Post #66503, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Dave,

      An extremly nice Britannia! is it the Roden model ?

      I have been using Alclad and Alclad II for many years, and have always been very happy
      with those. But I have to try the AK ones.

      Happy modelling,

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      Post #66505, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Ruben

      Thanks for the compliment

      Yes it's the Roden kit with 26 Decals. It was a very easy build apart from some poor fit around the engines and, strangely, the propellor hubs which were a complete pain.

      I know everybody loves Alclad but I've just never got on with it. No idea why, maybe it's psychological - I think it's going to go wrong so it does go wrong, something like that. AK don't have the same range as Alclad but as I said above I find it easier to use and more forgiving if something does go wrong.

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      Post #66506, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I´ve used both Alclad and AK-xtreme and like both of them. But Xtreme´s own Black Base (AK 471) didn´t work on my project as it started to "boil" under the other AK-Xtremes (aluminium, white aluminum, dark aluminium etc.) So I won´t use it as a base color anymore. Acrylic Tamiya gloss black worked just fine.

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      Post #66507, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      How is it to mask? Using Alclad, I have had it lift off with Tamiya tape. I really would like a good metal finish that does not lift off.

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      Post #66508, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      It's not too bad. I used Tamiya tape to mask the sections on the Britannia's engines and had no problems. However I stress that these are small areas which were masked with thin strips of tape and I can't say what would happen if you plonked a large chunk of 18mm tape on it.

      FWIW I spray the whole model with Halfords (automotive) primer then use Tamiya TS-17 as the base for the AK. I allow the Tamiya to set for at least a week and then lightly rub it down with superfine steel wool before finally spraying the AK. On the three models I've done so far that has provided good adhesion.

      What works for me won't necessarily work for anyone else and I strongly advise you to experiment on an old model before tackling your latest masterpiece. I have an old Revell A320 which I use for this and it has saved me from a few mishaps.

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      Post #66518, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Have you tried the Shine Enhancer (clear topcoat) that they make? In the videos I watched, it appeared to have little to no effect on the shine of the metal finish; this could also be true of the Alclad Aqua Gloss, though I've not tried it.

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      Post #66519, posted on 03-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      Have you tried the Shine Enhancer (clear topcoat) that they make? In the videos I watched, it appeared to have little to no effect on the shine of the metal finish; this could also be true of the Alclad Aqua Gloss, though I've not tried it.

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      I purchased the Shine enhancer and a few of the Extreme Interactive paints a couple of months ago. Though I haven't used either extensively yet I am nothing but elated with the results. FAR easier to use than Alclad and very nearly the same result. It can be masked over but use care and you should be okay. The Gauzy Shine Enhancer works amazingly well and has already become my "go to" for clear coats. It covers a NMF with very little change in "shine" but doesn't make color paints look too shinny.

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