For a long time, I have been frustrated with a lot of front end grills on kits. Most of them are simply molded detail and the two popular options are to wash or use PE. Some PE is OK, but then again, a lot of it is just not realistic other than the fact it's made of a metal.
I want to do better. I did some experiments and no doubt, it's as tough as hell. I tried cutting thin strips of aluminum, mesh from all kinds of sources, shaping, sanding the backs of grills and a ton of other things. One problem is that mesh can't be a "one shape (or pattern) fits all" solution.
I seem to be good at cutting away the original molded detail but from there, I scratch my head and say, "OK, now what am I going to put in there?" I just did it with a Revell 69 Super Bee grill (hoping to make it into a FS Coronet). Nice cut away... and that's about as much as I have to say on that one.
Has anyone done anything interesting and realistic using something other than PE and besides just doing a blackwash?
I'd love to hear your stories and see your pics!