I think he's talking about the XLT woodgrain tailgate insert. Makes sense to shave the letters before applying the woodgrain decal. Be interesting to see if a guy could foil the letters and shave them off in one piece. They could then be applied on top of the decal...
Hopefully someone will come up with a photoetch set for these
Might make sense to do a kitchen foil embossing of the letters, fill the back with resin, sand flat and cut them out. Apply the wood grain decal and glue the letter castings in place. Just my thoughts...
She's looking great! I see that you are aware of Harbor Freight. They make a nice mini punch set that is a whole lot cheaper than the Waldron Models ones. While it won't do holes as small as the Waldron ones, it is great for uses such as you have here. http://www.harborfre...-set-95547.html
I bought mine for $30.00 Don't remember if it was on sale, or they have raised the price recently... Very useful though.
Do you have a photo of what you're looking to build? Here is one that I scratbuilt.
Frame for body was vuilt with 0.08 or .10 Evergreen stock. Kinda like stick building a house. All frames are then glued together and "skinned" with sheet plastic.
I have not been happy with the various shades of aluminum and silver I have tried painting aluminum engine blocks. What do you use? What is the most realistic?
If you have an airbrush, Alclad allows you to mix any of their colors together. Have fun and experiment! As Bill said above, cast aluminum can look different depending upon several factors. FYI, for replicating a rough "cast" finish, Alclad CAN be brushed on small areas where you don't need a smooth "chrome" like finish.