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 Post subject: Silver Falcons
PostPosted: 01 Aug 2021, 16:15 
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Good Afternoon, I am going build a 1/72 Impala as one of the Silver Falcons. I have one question, what colour metallic were they? We’re they natural metal, aluminium or chrome? I will be using the alclad range of colours, I’ve a lot of success in the past with their products. https://airbrushes.com/index.php?cPath= ... a6bhonkin4
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 Post subject: Re: Silver Falcons
PostPosted: 02 Aug 2021, 07:23 
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I have it as just the standard Impala Mk I "Silver." :-k

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 Post subject: Re: Silver Falcons
PostPosted: 02 Aug 2021, 19:50 
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Ceemark,

The Impala as well as other aircraft in the SAAF were painted in a "high Speed" silver finish.

At the present time no paint manufacturers can supply the "High speed" silver, only a silver colour.

I will try and describe the colour. The "High Speed" silver had a gloss coating to it, one can almost say that it was a silver with a gloss coat over it.
It wasn't a bright silver, rather a dulled silver colour.
Some aircraft and under certain lighting conditions the silver was brighter colour.

Humbrol 27002 metalcote gloss silver would be an ideal colour to use on your model.

I have also used Humbrol 11 silver in the past and gave the silver a coat of clear gloss, this colour was as close as can be to the "High speed" silver used on the SAAF aircraft.

Unfortunately I haven't used the Alclad products yet and I cannot comment on the correct shading of the silver that Alclad offers. I will try it sometime in the future.

In the years gone by there was a "rub and buff" silver coating / paint available which the more you buffed it after spraying the shinier the silver would become. This system did have it's flaws also which I found out by trial and error.

Which Silver Falcon scheme are you going to build?

There's a number of Silver Falcon schemes.

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 Post subject: Re: Silver Falcons
PostPosted: 03 Aug 2021, 11:44 
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Thanks Geoff, I’ll do a couple of tests with those before I commit myself. These photos are of some I did with Alclad Chrome.
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 Post subject: Re: Silver Falcons
PostPosted: 03 Aug 2021, 15:53 
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Clint the Alclad system has some beautiful colours but as I said, I'm not so clued up on the application of Alclad. So I don't want to give comment about stuff I don't know how to apply.

I need to brush up my act in this regard. :oops:

I have seen some beautiful models that has been completed with Alclad products. =D>

Those models of yours look great and the silver looks good also! =D>

You now need to build 2 more Sabre's in the silver scheme, one with a blue 1 Sqn band and the other with a red 2 Sqn band.

The Silver Falcon's had 5 variations of their colours from just the numerals on the tails, to a squarish striping on the tail, to the last blue and white scheme.

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 Post subject: Re: Silver Falcons
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2021, 20:14 
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Hi Geoff

Very informative, I was wondering about this as well as to whether the Mk 1's were painted silver or kept in natural metal.


I see that Alclad now has a paint called High Speed Silver...

https://www.hobbyline.co.za/alclad-125-high-speed-silver-30ml

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 Post subject: Re: Silver Falcons
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2021, 22:14 
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I saw that too. I went to my local hobby shop here in the U.K. and nearly choked when I saw the prices of Revell paints. I spent £9.00 (R180) on 2 pots. The Alclad range is about c £4.00/bottle.

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 Post subject: Re: Silver Falcons
PostPosted: 05 Aug 2021, 11:41 
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The high speed silver works very well.

Did it on a Canberra(not the best model build from myside as there was some issues)
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 Post subject: Re: Silver Falcons
PostPosted: 05 Aug 2021, 19:41 
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Thank you Mars, I will definitely have a look at the Alclad product.

HP is that a PR9 Canberra?


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 Post subject: Re: Silver Falcons
PostPosted: 13 Aug 2021, 10:06 
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AT6C wrote:
HP is that a PR9 Canberra?


Geoff, it is the Airfix B(i) 8 1/72 kit


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