Originally Posted by M404
Thanks for the info and lead(s) Blues Boy
A not so far-fetched thought just occurred to me......
I’m the type of person, where if you don’t ask your question, the answer is always going to be No.
Perhaps you can buy a low costing diecast P-38 and new decals sheets and then have it custom chrome plated. First find a custom shop that does piece part electro plating in chrome which you can ship your plane to....based on the hopeful YES answer they give you. You’ll strip off yourself all plastic and rubber parts so that you only have the metal portions of the airplane. Disassemble down to the point where any parts that hinge open/close etc..are separated from the assembled form as well....(they should strip off the old paints and coatings).... then ship your parts. Don’t be discouraged if the establishment says No. Move on to the next and next and next...etc.
Remember....any income from services is better than no income at all at some establishments during these very lean COVID-19 times.
Once you get it back from the establishment....re-assemble in reverse order and apply the new decals.
Here is an example in the U.S. of an establishment that will electro plate over Zinc diecast....etc.
If no establishment like this can be found in your city, state, province, country look elsewhere on the planet and arrange shipping terms.
How much you want to pay for all of this would be negotiated of course. And of course.... how bad do you want a chrome P-38??
Besides, it may be novel for the establishment to take on such an order and will be willing to it. It wouldn’t be the smallest things they ever had to chrome plate.