QUOTE: Originally posted by biscuitbuilder1
QUOTE: Originally posted by clamm
The latest Scale Auto Mag has an article by Juha Airio where he rebuilds a 72 Roadrunner. Anyone who's seen this guy's work probably knows what I know--Juha is the Michael Jordan of our hobby.
OK now on to my question. In this article Juha talks in a few places about "Foil copying" a part. The results seem to be perfect. Does anyone know how he does it? Is he using Bare Metal Foil somehow for this? Resin in molds? Or something else?
Thanks in advance for any advice or links you can provide!!!
Foil copying (or, foil casting) is done by taking a piece of metal foil--generally aluminum kitchen foil, because it's heavier and stiffer than BMF, laying that over an engraved surface detail of a model body or part, embossing it into that detail (could be a script, a badge, a molded-on door handle, for example). Once it's embossed, it has the impression of the detail you want to copy. Simply lift off the embossed piece of foil, gently lay it on a flat surface, hollow side up, spray with a light spray of Pam or other oily substance to act as a mold release, then mix up some 5-minute epoxy (Devcon is perhaps the best for this!), and fill the embossed foil with that, and allow to cure completely.
Once cured, the epoxy casting can be removed from its foil "mold", sanded on the back side to a flat surface, any flashing trimmed away, and then glued in place on the body shell, or wherever it is to be used. It can then be painted, foiled with BMF, whatever is wanted as you finish the project.