The little triangle shaped container of liquid cement that has the metal tube applicator may be better as it doesn't allow so much odor into the air and is way less messy. I use mine on most models I build still.
Looking great! A suggestion, if I may. Scuff your primer before base coat, scuff base coat before masking paint lines. When pulling the tape off, don't pull straight up, pull it as if you're doubling it over. In doing this it tends to cut the paint lines with the tape rather than tearing it. Judging by your skill set, you already know this. Lol
I love the paint scheme and color choice. I think a pearl top coat before clear would look phenomenal.
my cat (one of 3) is a real strange one. anywhere else in the house, she won't come within 3 feet of anyone but as soon as I walk into my hobby room, she's there being annoyingly affectionate. She's a real work inhibitor. Usually if I give her a pipe cleaner she'll go chase it around and leave me be for the most part. Otherwise, I have to just wait until she settles into my lap and falls asleep.
as for boxes, well, cats are cats, something about the smooth cardboard bottom and the walls to hold them in, I don't get it. They are strange creatures.
Some years ago a very good friend, Glen Smith, built one of these. It turned out great and yours looks pretty good so far. He used pulled cotton balls airbrushed with light gray to limit the need for interior details.
Did YOU enjoy building this model? Do YOU like the way it turned out? If you answers are both yes, then you've done a great job. Just look at how your build turned out and observe the points you want to improve and ask how to do those. You are asking a very vague question by asking "How can I improve my build?".
See if you can find a model club near you and attend regularly, that in itself will vastly and rapidly improve your skills. I have even gone as far as hanging a flyer up at Hobby Lobby for recruiting modelers.
Give praise to God for everything and you'll be just fine.
I'm of the opinion that the right wheels, suspension and paint, and maybe some window tint can make any car look good. I personally like the J30, here's mine, just to show what can be done with this "Boring" kit. Since it was a curbside, it went together easily.
As seen above, a candle works well, but make sure not to get to close. I tried and found that the candle I was using gave of a lot of soot or other impurities that clouded the "GLASS". I tried again using a heat gun for heat shrink (butane torch with a sort of heat reflector shield thing) and it softened the plastic and left it crystal clear, although my mold was less than what one would consider poor quality, it still turned out a nice crystal clear part.
As for mold material, wouldn't plaster or drywall mud be too grainy and brittle? I had to mash mine in pretty good. I might consider an epoxy resin mold or maybe JBWeld or some of that 2 part plumber's putty, tamiya 2 part, miliput or any other hard 2 part putty.
I have SO MANY kits I haven't built because of the headlights being poorly cast, not clear or otherwise ugly. This trick is going to be a great motivator for me! Thank you so much, Steve, for sharing this great tip!
for an airbrush only booth, you really don't need that much, but if you're using spray cans a lot, you might make sure you get a good amount of cfm. If you are pulling 150 cubic feet per minute, that is replacing the air in a 10'X10'X8' room in just about 5 minutes. If you asked me, that's plenty sufficient for a 2x3x3 booth. The math tells me that your little booth would have all of the air replaced every .12 minutes or about 5 seconds. That's pretty good. The main thing you'll want to consider when selecting a fan for your booth is what kind of paints you'll be using. If you are going to be using an air compressor spraying water based paints, volatility may not be an issue, but if you are spraying lacquers, or other highly combustible paints or aerosols you will definitely want a spark free fan motor or sealed motor to lessen the chance of blowing yourself up. not that I've ever heard of anyone blowing up in a freak airbrushing accident. lol, it could happen!