Looking VERY good. I started "downgrading" my Ecto 1A kit back to the original car, but there is SO much work I just can't get motivated. Maybe I should do something similar. Believe it or not, this build looks a lot easier than the downgrade I'm attempting.
Finally got this thing finished. It was driving me crazy. I'll do a post in Under Glass later today once the final photos are done, but wanted to show some of the progressive images. Apologies for the massive images, I keep forgetting to crop them.
As usual, you can read the whole story on my blog, starting HERE
Nick, I'd hardly call myself an expert given the talent on this forum, but I've had pretty decent success polishing my models. Make sure you've laid down a few good coats of colour to help prevent burning through to the primer.
I start with a 4000 grit polishing cloth, and move through 6000 and 8000. Make sure the cloth/paper is well soaked in warm water with miild detergent and gently sand. Once done, rinse it and let it air dry.
I then use Tamiya polishing compound, but you can use any automotive polish but not a "cut and polish" since I find it too abrasive. Apply a small amount to the model, then use a clean, soft cloth to gently polish in small circles, being careful of raised edges. Don't rub all of the polish into the model though. You need to let it "haze dry". So gently rub it in, leaving a thin film on it.
Work in sections, by bringing one section to the haze, then bring the next section to haze before re-polishing the first section. Use another clean, soft cloth to polish off the haze and you should get a nice, shiny finish.
If you like, you can then use automotive polish (that includes carnuba wax) to polish it up, but I don't bother with that step. What you need to be carefule of is that Tamiya compound dries WHITE, so if you get any in panel lines or other cracks or crevices, you need to remove it once you've finished that section. Some areas (like hood grilles) might need a touch up afterwards, since I find it hard to avoid getting polish in them!
It's really hard to show the quality of shine in a photo, but here's the mustang I did:
Have you considered wiring your own distributors? I find that most kit distributors are fine for making your own. Just cut off the pins, use your pin-vice to drill out where the pins were and glue in the wires.
The wire is cheap. Even in Australia where EVERYTHING is a rip off, the wire is only about $7 for 10m.