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MOLOTOW chrome markers are the real deal.

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  • Member since
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  • From: 343 South St HALIFAX MA.
MOLOTOW chrome markers are the real deal.
Posted by Daddio on Friday, June 16, 2017 8:57 PM

I just finished a Gunze Sangyo Ferrari 250 GTO , and was planning to use my new chrome marker instead of foil but could not bring myself to do it . It just looked so nice I could not bring myself to risk ruining what for me was a pretty good paint job . Of course after doing the window trim , I got brave and tried the marker on the prancing horse embelm in the nose . And the the tailpipe tips , which for some strange reason were not chrome plated . If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I wouldn't have believed it , but these markers are truly amazing . True chrome out of a marker pen wow , now I just have to see how "durable" it is . I'll post my future experiences and keep you up to date .

                              Take care and see you around the clubhouse ,

                                                              Steve D.

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Posted by High octane on Friday, June 16, 2017 10:58 PM

I have a couple of those Molotow pens and I don't think too much of them. Of course I should get to use them more often and maybe I'll get comfortable with them. However I don't see them as a replacement for BMF.

High octane

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Posted by smhardesty on Saturday, June 17, 2017 1:13 PM

Hey there, HO. I've been reading posts on this and other forums about the chrome pens for a couple months, I guess. I could be wrong, but it just seems to me that a lot of the guys that like the pens are either newbies like me, or guys who aren't real skilled with BMF. I know there are exceptions to everything in life, so don't any of you guys take offense. It's just a trend I picked up on that guys who are really skilled in BMF use tend to shy away from the pens and vice versa. Maybe it's just a matter of which a guy is good at? One thing for sure, it's a split decision at this point.

Steve

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, June 17, 2017 1:43 PM

I've not heard of these pens yet (google on stanby) but as an avid bare foiler (read that however you like) I can see where both would have their uses. I am the type of modeler that will learn a new skill if it improves my models. Personally I would still prefer the foil for long, straight or large areas. The pen would be useful for emblems, tight corners and anywhere you can't put foil.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by Foxer on Sunday, June 18, 2017 8:59 AM

These pens have a perminate place in my arsonel of building supplies. I'm not a newbie ... first AMT kit in 1958. They don't replace BMF, but do replace Alclad for many things ... Alclad needs too much preperation IMO. You will not believe how good these are unless you see it firsthand ... I reccommend everyone try one.

The bumper was done with them ..

 

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  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Sunday, June 18, 2017 6:51 PM

I bought the 1mm pen for just small jobs,i'm working on a ferrari f355 convertible,used the pen on the exhaust tips and it flowed on perfectly and looks great!way easier than trying to BMF the tips.

"to love it ,is to live it"

 http://public.fotki.com/convertible-fan/

 

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  • From: Kamloops,Canada
Posted by mclovin on Sunday, June 18, 2017 6:52 PM

Daddio

I just finished a Gunze Sangyo Ferrari 250 GTO , and was planning to use my new chrome marker instead of foil but could not bring myself to do it . It just looked so nice I could not bring myself to risk ruining what for me was a pretty good paint job . Of course after doing the window trim , I got brave and tried the marker on the prancing horse embelm in the nose . And the the tailpipe tips , which for some strange reason were not chrome plated . If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I wouldn't have believed it , but these markers are truly amazing . True chrome out of a marker pen wow , now I just have to see how "durable" it is . I'll post my future experiences and keep you up to date .

                              Take care and see you around the clubhouse ,

                                                              Steve D.

 

I bought the 1mm pen for just small jobs,i'm working on a ferrari f355 convertible,used the pen on the exhaust tips and it flowed on perfectly and looks great!way easier than trying to BMF the tips.

"to love it ,is to live it"

 http://public.fotki.com/convertible-fan/

 

  • Member since
    September, 2009
  • From: 343 South St HALIFAX MA.
Posted by Daddio on Monday, June 19, 2017 11:15 AM

My only reservation with these markers is thier expense .They are kind of pricey

my only hope is that they last for a while before drying out .My LHS also sells replacement tips , and they are fairly cheap . And yes indeed I've built a model or two in my day , so I can"t say I qualify as a "newbie"

                    Take care and see you around the clubhouse ,

                                                            Steve D.

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Posted by litespeedsae on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 6:11 AM

I noticed that they are available in 1,2 and 4 mm. sizes. I purchased the 2mm. thinking it would be good for wheel opening/fender trim and still small enough for emblems.Fun to try a new product/technique.

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Posted by mini man on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:32 PM

I am a convert myself.Big Smile

                    I use foil but the pen is great.

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

U.K.

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Posted by 195X on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 9:56 PM

I got my Molotow pen and was immediately impressed. So much so that I ordered the other two sizes available.

Has anyone tried clear coating or turning it gold? I was going to try a little clear yellow but it's gone bad. Just wondering if anyone has run the tests?

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, August 31, 2017 7:35 AM

I've been anxious to try these things out, but I have now ordered two on seperate orders from different suppliers, and neither one has arrived. These things aren't cheap and I am reluctant to shell out for another.

Also, the ink can be purchased seperately, and I am keen to try airbrushing some of the stuff. Some builders (including Bob Downey) have tried this and claimed some interesting results.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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  • From: Atlanta GA
Posted by Zoom Zoom on Thursday, August 31, 2017 9:24 AM

Bainford

I've been anxious to try these things out, but I have now ordered two on seperate orders from different suppliers, and neither one has arrived. These things aren't cheap and I am reluctant to shell out for another.

Also, the ink can be purchased seperately, and I am keen to try airbrushing some of the stuff. Some builders (including Bob Downey) have tried this and claimed some interesting results.

 

The pens have been widely available in the US for several months now, and the refills have just hit the US as well. They're really cool, when wet it looks almost like liquid mylar. Using the pens, you keep the chrome "wet" while applying, going back and forth enough to keep the area wet.

Airbrushing shows tons of promise too. I'm still experimenting, but mostly...wow. It's not a replacement for actual professional plating/replating, but it shoots like paint w/o thinning (it's much more forgiving than Alclad/Spaz Stix, it can and should go on wet), it doesn't need base coats like Alclad, and once thoroughly dry it's much more durable. It also responds well to some protective coatings, but oddly enough Future isn't a good option, Alclad & Spaz Stix work much better.

I'm learning & practicing, and working on an article for a future issue on the subject, and have been using at least some amount on every model I've been building lately. You can also apply the ink via a traditional paint brush, especially handy for small details the pens are to big for.  

Zoom Zoom, aka Bob Downie My Fotki Album The only cure for modeler's ADD is "final assembly and decal placement"
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Posted by 195X on Thursday, August 31, 2017 9:53 AM

Thank you for that zoom zoom. I did not know about the refill or that it could be airbrushed. NOW I'm getting excited! I'm going to grab some clear yellow later today and give tinting it a try. :)

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    November, 2003
  • From: Atlanta GA
Posted by Zoom Zoom on Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:42 AM

195X

Thank you for that zoom zoom. I did not know about the refill or that it could be airbrushed. NOW I'm getting excited! I'm going to grab some clear yellow later today and give tinting it a try. :)

 

 

Dig around Youtube a bit, there are some good tutorials. Some have carefully taken apart the pens (4mm the best, biggest reservoir) to airbrush if they couldn't source the refills. I think I saw that Model Roundup is carrying the refills and in stock. It's not cheap, but it's also more "paint-like" than Alclad/Spaz Stix, even if it is technically ink.

Zoom Zoom, aka Bob Downie My Fotki Album The only cure for modeler's ADD is "final assembly and decal placement"
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Posted by 195X on Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:00 PM

Zoom Zoom

 

 
195X

Thank you for that zoom zoom. I did not know about the refill or that it could be airbrushed. NOW I'm getting excited! I'm going to grab some clear yellow later today and give tinting it a try. :)

 

 

 

 

Dig around Youtube a bit, there are some good tutorials. Some have carefully taken apart the pens (4mm the best, biggest reservoir) to airbrush if they couldn't source the refills. I think I saw that Model Roundup is carrying the refills and in stock. It's not cheap, but it's also more "paint-like" than Alclad/Spaz Stix, even if it is technically ink.

 

I just watched a vid of a guy airbrushing some Gundam parts and I am blown away! It looks a little too bright, like the toy chrome we're used to but man oh man! I doubt I'll ever use the finicky Alclad ever again.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    April, 2015
Posted by MarcJ27545 on Thursday, August 31, 2017 6:20 PM

If it's been posted, apologies in advance, but for brushing (hand or air) what do you clean the brush with after applying the ink?

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Posted by Zoom Zoom on Thursday, August 31, 2017 6:44 PM

MarcJ27545

If it's been posted, apologies in advance, but for brushing (hand or air) what do you clean the brush with after applying the ink?

 


Acetone works for me.

Zoom Zoom, aka Bob Downie My Fotki Album The only cure for modeler's ADD is "final assembly and decal placement"
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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Saturday, September 02, 2017 2:00 AM

I bought a 2mm one and tested it on an old grey plastic car part with no primer or anything. Worked brilliantly, most realistic finish. Also tried it for the reflective parts in scale headlamps. Most effective. I will probably use it instead of bmf but not always. It depends. I had a read of the Molotow tech specs on their website. The markers were developed for graphic artists and part of the product development was to make it durable for outside as well as inside use. If they start making gold, brass and aluminium finishes I think they will find a good alternative market with model makers.

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