Thanks for the interest and encouragement, guys!
Crazyjim: It's an original issue of the same kit your familiar with. The original box art depicts a black car with a retro flame job - A very cool low angle shot of the built model (it looks menacing as heck).
W-409: Perhaps I am being too picky with the engine. It's primarily the the heads that bother me: no spark plug locations and odd attachment points for the headers. They also look a little narrow to me.
Since so many of you have expressed aj interest in the grille, I thought I'd share some more details on it:
First, start with the right tools. Unfortunately, these aren't readily available to the general public. As a machinist I have access to a bunch of neat stuff; these are Swiss made fine hole deburring tools which work great for scraping / shaving down plastic.
For delicate work like this, they are vastly superior to a Dremel since they give immeasureably greater controll and elliminate the danger of melting the thin grille bars.
Here you can see where I have scraped away most of the material in the back, leaving material all around the perimeter for support.
I keep scraping until the chrome between the bars starts to look like its bubbling up.
The rest is accomplished with an Exacto knife and razor saw (to reieve the suporting web around the perimeter).
As you can see, the result is quite fragile
Edited by Shardik, 03 October 2013 - 12:02 PM.