i guess when having extremely good skills ..and a super controlled enviroment you could get a flawless finish on plastic..
but up until now i never could grasp the quality of many of my 1/18 Autoart diecast models
having a BMW e30 M3 in Nogaro silver (the cecotto edition).. amongst many others..
the paintwork is unbelievable..
even the metallic flakes are up to scale..no runs or dry spots not a spec of dirt...and this thing shines..even better than the real thing
and about the thickness of the paint...i have got no clue...it doesn't look 'handdipped' or soaked in clearcoat..nor does it look like somebody polished it on the assembly line..
i also have a whole host of the Ottomobile 1/18 range..these are resin bodied ..call them curbside..and these also look super realistic ...(and limited in 2500 pcs each)
i even have the 1/12 Volkswagen Golf 1 GTI..and although these resin models are 99% correct in size and shape..and looks..you CAN tell they are plastic(ish)..
some of my Otto's i've had for years have toned down in shine a bit ..and all sorts of stuff has rissen to the surface on some..
like dust and sinkmarks...in a way they seem alive..
the metal ones including the Autoart 67 gt500 in bleu and red and about 15 other eurocar models are fine like day one..
so if we are talking high end diecast models ...i myself haven been a automotive painter for 20+ years..i still can't figure it out how the companys like AutoArt and CMC or even Minichamps get away with it...