I start recently building/painting scale car models, even if I have experience in painting figurines since a long time (40k, 15mm figures, diorama, etc...). I bought a salvino jr kit, Bobby Allison Tuf-Lon. I noticed when checking if the parts fits after a pre-built that there is a fairly large gap between the chassis and the body , at the height of the driver's seat. It does not seem that I have forgotten to cut elements of the dashboard. Even by forcing a little, the two sides does not touch. I am quite surprised by this gap, and by checking on youtube, a modeler build this particular model from step A to Z, and when he shows under of the vehicle (very quickly tho), we can also see this same gap ... so I imagine that it's typical of this model built. Should I sand the dashboard part so that the two sides fit perfectly? Or is it normal ...? Im afraid if I sand it it will create other problems. I know we learn by making errors, but...I dont want to ruin this model by ''learning'' too much in one shot! I have other models to built and its not the biggest problem, cause its under the model, but I have mix feeling about this gap..especially for a new kit (with awesome decals).
Thank you for your advice.