Your posting is well done and builds a cool story. I like the project you're working on, if I was going to buy a new car, that would be one I'd be seriously looking at to replace my '95 Celica GT convertible!
Thanks! I can't say enough good about the real BRZ. It isn't as fast as it looks, but the aftermarket is really ramping up. One of the forum members slapped on a supercharger. Lots of room in that engine bay!
"For the most parts, people don't paint things still on the sprue tree for a number of reasons."
This was a concern I had at the very beginning after studying the assembly directions - LOTS of tiny parts and my clumsy macro hands would have trouble with keeping prints off and etc.
"Often this will need to be sanded flat, and on some kits these are in prominent places. Also, we usually have to clean up molding process imperfections like ejector pin marks and mold seams. That's all best done off the tree."
When I have been painting on the sprue, I've been making sure to sand down and make everything look nice (I hope it looks nice!).
"I do spray everything, so I mount the parts on toothpicks stuck into small Styrofoam blocks (taken from old electronics packaging) and spray accordingly."
I can't spray everything...yet.
"Also, for most kits, you will want to try out the fit of parts prior to painting them in case you need to sand / modify them to fit."
I've also been making sure to do this, but it's a well made kit like you said and it hasn't needed anything except for the brake cylinder - I had to cut down the half circle that it mounted to - it wouldn't fit flush.
"You are doing very well for your first kit in a long time!"
Thanks! Please keep the comments coming, I love feedback. (Of course I do, I'm a musician...)