OK, the first shot is of a few pieces that have been laminated to form the basic shape of the roof. A new piece is clipped onto the front, forming the beginning of what will be the 'brow' above the windshield.
Next to it sits the 'mold' made from the three lighters. It's not really bent. I don't know why it looks that way in the photo.
The second shot is of the two pieces that are nearly finished.
They're still a bit rough, but I think one more layer will do the trick.
The nice thing is, you can always add another layer if you screw up and remove too much material.
Once the glue has cured, it sands and files like a solid piece of styrene.
It's easy to manipulate small pieces into the piece, as the glue softens the smaller pieces, allowing easy integration and shaping.
Oh yeah, another source of smaller, but thicker pieces of styrene is the little 'clips' that are commonly attached to bread bags.
I'm always checking the recycle triangle on containers these days.
The wife gave me a large, clear container that something came in, as well as a black, rather rigid tray, both made of styrene.
On a similar note, the dollar store has five-packs of CD cases for... you guessed it... a dollar!
Thanks for the responses thus far. I know nothing about producing decals and not much more about printers.
My main concern is in producing a decal of the gold leaf that is only a half-inch wide with a thin black border in the small size to match a 1:32 scale model. It means the strip will be about a millimeter wide.
The other issue is the 'spun' effect that is imparted to the gold leaf.
Can a photo be scaled down that small?
Is the general consensus of opinion that I should go to a decal service?