What I have to add to the subject:
1. Alclad - This is also available in a spray can. Many folks don't seem to know this. I think it works just fine and I don't think the surface rubs off unless you are a polish fiend. I have also sprayed a little into a paper cup and used it to touch up kit chrome and add bits like key holes and door handles.
2. Scribing open panels - Oh, kill me but I use my small battery powered eXacto brand drill to do this. I got this drill over 20 years ago using a gift certificate my inlaws gave me to a hobby shop. It's my favorite tool and I use it every day. I haven't seen anything like it for sale for many years. I use a small drill bit and perforate it in the panel line. Once I go all the way around, I will scribe it from the back (as in connect the dots) and carefully push the panel until it comes out. Once I get a little corner going, it pretty much tears out like a postage stamp. Once the panel is out, I just sand all the edges flat for a good fit once painted.
3. Fine Line Masking - I have nothing to add further than the others have already covered nicely.
4. Build a model in 24 hours - YES! I did the 24 Hour build this past February with Gary Kulchock and gang on their Facebook page. I did manage to build up my Miss Deal Funny Car within the time allowance. Started at noon on Sat and finished (gave up!) at 5am on Sunday morning.
Here it was at the 24 hour deadline. Later on I added the headers (people warned me about these), the scoop (kit one had a big sink on it, the windshield and push bar. I also added some rust weathering later on.
Sounds like the Miss Deal kit was a "plumber's nightmare" !