Saturday, February 8, 2014

How To: Shine Up Your Truck Models With Chrome Tape

I thought I would share a quick and easy way to chrome out your NScaleAddict trucks and trailers using an inexpensive chrome tape.  I have to credit a fellow N scale enthusiast for applying this technique after buying some of my truck models, and I liked it so much that I just had to get some myself.

First of all, I set out to find a chrome tape that had a mirror finish, yet very thin.  Using my friend Google, I found several different types of tape, mostly being used for automotive applications.  I landed on a 1" wide roll that was about $6, and it arrived just this week.  The tape is rigid, yet flexible, so not like foil for example.  It has a nice mirror finish, is very thin, and has a self-adhesive backing.

I decided to trim a small piece for the sunvisors on my Kenworth W900's, since it is difficult to get a shiny finish on details when applying paint with a brush.  I intend to try chrome tape on other details like the fuel tanks, and front bumper.  I also plan to add some whip antennas and maybe some other minor details.  Slowing but surely, I am getting these rigs ready for the showroom.

It really makes the models pop, and enhances the details overall.  I shot a few photos tonight to illustrate examples.  Yes, I know the PODS aren't tied down to the trailer.  :)



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