I'll see if I can find the photo of the plating application equipment and the flash cool chamber but in the meantime this might help explain how it's done
RE: Building and Metal-Morphing a Gamma - 1/27/2006 3:55 AM* *
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From: Wallingford, CT, USA
In the middle of everything that has been going on here I have been working on plating a heat sensitive material I have fried up about 10 of this but after some trial and error I now can say we can safely aluminum plate areas such as what you see in the picture The full scale Sky Chief's ailerons were made of material, go figure, the entire plane was aluminum but the ailerons, so I made them out of balsa and covered them in a silver mono-coat, well I didn't like the color next to the aluminum , so I figured I would just place them in the plating equipment and be done with it. I configured the machine for plastic and sent it through, to my surprise the flash cool was way to hot and burned up the mono-coat So I cleaned them up and applied new mono-coat re-calibrated the machine and this time set it up for styrofoam. Too cool, no adhesion, I did this 7 more times before get the equipment dialed in and now its perfect, the mono-coat is tight but still is flexible. I wanted this to look like a different material like on the full scale so I used some steel wool to dull down the finish. What do you think?
Ron describes the process: "metal such as aluminum, bronze. copper ect. is heated to a liquid state and a polymer is added as its atomized over the subsurface using our custom built application equipment, then the subsurface is flash cooled."
I'm currently running my car without the hood, but once I get it back from Ron, will decide if I will use the FFR hinges or go with the Breeze setup. Haven't taken it to too many events yet, still sorting through a few mechanical issues. I'm hoping to take the car to Jeff Miller's early next Spring for paint and make it to the HB show.
Originally Posted by cobracruz
What does metal plated mean? Did he shape a sheet of metal to the form of the underhood? Looks phenomenal. Hopefully I'll see in person if you attend one of the gatherings.
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