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What kind of metal turns blue when heated? [model related]


integra818
02-01-2003, 11:49 PM
What kind of metal turns blue when heated? I ask this because I noticed the itr model has a metal tip but I heated it and it didnt turn blue like I hoped it would. Now I'm making an exaust and I want to have that burned tip effect but I don't know which metal to use. Alluminum sure as hell did'nt work, I melted the damn tube... :rolleyes:

64 Chevy
02-01-2003, 11:56 PM
any kind of steel should work. watch how fast you heat it up cause the temp that it turns blue at is kind of low and over heating it will cause other colors to develop.

integra818
02-01-2003, 11:57 PM
Originally posted by 64 Chevy
...it will cause other colors to develop.

What kind of colors??? :cool:

64 Chevy
02-02-2003, 12:01 AM
it has been a long time since i have heated metals like that but blue is the low temp color then i think it turns a hay color and then red then black.

integra818
02-02-2003, 12:02 AM
Soo, steel would work, but if I heat alluminum at a low tempature, would it work?

daggerlee
02-02-2003, 12:07 AM
You're better off spraying transparent blue with an airbrush. :)

64 Chevy
02-02-2003, 12:07 AM
i dont have much experince with aluminum but i dont think that it will change the color you want. I have some stock aluminum that i will try this with soon for you.

integra818
02-02-2003, 12:09 AM
Originally posted by daggerlee
You're better off spraying transparent blue with an airbrush. :)

I want the REAL DEAL, why color a model car with crayons when there's tamiya, get what I'm saying? I'll go the extra lenght to make it look more realistic.

daggerlee
02-02-2003, 12:12 AM
:confused: Not really...

64 Chevy
02-02-2003, 12:15 AM
you want this for exhausts right? Heating the metal is very easy and the only way to make it look just right in my opioin

integra818
02-02-2003, 12:26 AM
Originally posted by 64 Chevy
you want this for exhausts right? Heating the metal is very easy and the only way to make it look just right in my opioin

Exactly!

Oh yeah, Daggerlee, you said you're better off spraying with an airbrush, well, no airbrush :( It's okay, I like the tmiya cans and I don't wanna go through the complexity of an airbrush.

hirofkd
02-02-2003, 12:51 AM
They say, "Nothing look more metal than actual metal," and they use metal for exhaust tip and photo etched scripts.
But it is also true that real leather on a scale model doesn't really look realistic.
It's a matter of how you fool people's eye with what you have, and taking the same procedure as the real car doesn't necessarily create a convincing result in scale modeling. There is a look-alike factor to play with.
I feel better when I hear, "Gee, I thought it was real."

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