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  1. Is the hood removable? If so, you could trim some material from the edge of the cowl. Apply some putty to the edge. Then add a thin shim (Thickness of the gap desired) to the edge of the hood with double sided tape and press it back into the putty to get the correct contour.
  2. No apologies necessary. The best way to achieve the slot would be to fill with putty (LC or epoxy) and use a scribe/chisel to create a new slot. You can make a template of the curvature using something like label making tape, which is thick and rigid. Although a lot of sanding and painting will ensue
  3. Gut-wrenching... As an aside, and please don't take this as criticism, with all the coats of paint and different types of clear coats I would be suspect of the durability of the final finish against cracking or yellowing or long term compatibility. Would it be more fitting to strip the paint now and achieve a more uniform and less thick finish with a new application? Inevitably, when buffing the finish there will be some spot that gets sanded/ buffed through and if repairs need to be done, it would be with comparable finishes. Being a perfectionist can be a curse, but ultimately you have to satisfy yourself - just speaking from experience. I enjoy following your build, definitely a learning experience even for an old hand like me!
  4. Just a thought, how about printing the gold on white decal paper along with printing the black background to match the tire. The lettering will be more opaque, thus not affected by surface color. After coating with semi gloss or Matt, everything should blend nicely.
  5. Hi, Does anyone know if the green stuff chrome is available in the USA? I've not had any luck googling for it.
  6. I believe he is referring to Microscale Micro metal foil adhesive https://www.ebay.com/itm/114918445260?chn=ps&_trkparms=ispr%3D1&amdata=enc%3A1wmfN-KYKT5Ok63xiYGgyZA44&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-213727-13078-0&mkcid=2&itemid=114918445260&targetid=4581183927179147&device=c&mktype=&googleloc=&poi=&campaignid=418233787&mkgroupid=1241348861725295&rlsatarget=pla-4581183927179147&abcId=9300542&merchantid=51291&msclkid=f8813bdcb79812074aa95ac4928f21bd#:~:text=Microscale Micro Metal Foil Adhesive 1oz
  7. In looking at the frontal view picture of the pace car, I noticed the lateral bars on either side of the horse appear to be black, not chrome. Do you think that is a liberty taken on the restoration, or was it so on the original?
  8. Cheers Olivier, Nice progress on your finishes. Based on personal experience, may I suggest that when progressing through the diminishing grades of micromesh alternate the direction of the sanding strokes. Going across the previous grain helps eliminate evidence of any deeper scratches that may have occurred. Of course, in some restricted spaces it may not be possible. I enjoy seeing your updates. Les
  9. Olivier, Sorry to hear of all the extra work you have had to go through. I'm sure the results will be well worth the effort! In the limited instances that I have used Vallejo putty, I have observed the it was difficult to get a finely feathered edge when sanding it down. Waiting 4-5 days before sanding was a little bit helpful. Also, multiple coats of primer helped in getting a smooth transition. Have you tried using all the grades (2400-12000) of micro mesh polishing cloths and then the compounds to help smooth some of the "orange peel" texture? The smooth paint texture will compliment the effort you have put in to get the realistic chrome appearance. I do enjoy following your progress -Les
  10. I'm probably more consistently guilty of this than any of the others. In my youth, whenever I got something new, I always ended up taking it apart. Found it fascinating to see how things were made and how they worked. May explain all the partially built kits
  11. Most editing apps have a tool to select an object by color or outline by clicking within the letters. That selection can then be saved as a new file, you can change the color of lettering if needed. That can then be sized to the dimensions that you need. Then print in the color you want on the clear paper.
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