go to the train section in your local hobby shop, or the model airplane section and find some small decals of the proper size, you can also find some tiny decals that can pass for underhood informational decals, they little decals have such small writing the only way anyone will know what they say is if they carry a super magnifying glass.
Since the resin is a lot softer than the styrene plastic, using some 80 grit paper on a flat sanding board should thin it out pretty quickly, or if you have access to a belt sander and a light touch, then just switch to finer paper to finish it, or build an inner structure out of.010 to smooth out some of the coarse sanding.
the Bel-Air hardtops have been done in several different years and scales but there's only been one release of the Bel-Air sedan in '56 and it's been decades sinc we've seen that one, and the last sedan we saw wasn't the Bel-Air, but the middle of the road 210.
Thanks, that's a pretty good idea, I may try the same idea with a set of small block valve covers. It even gives me an idea of how to do a close copy of an engine Kendigit Design did on a LS series engine. Super job, that soft yellow gives it that Dad's car look and multiplies the sleeper persona. And you really killed it with the engine, I like the valve covers, where did they come from with the Chevrolet lettering on them?
Great build, I was thinking of using Krylon Metalcast silver base and a transparent blue for the steering wheel and shift knob, I used the Orange Anodizing color over that base for a Cragar metalflake wheel in a Hemi Hydro build a while back. That's a really coarse metallic silver and makes a good metalflake simulation under a candy color, for a model, to enhance the metalflake effect I use a good coat of clear before putting the transparent color coat on, it adds a little more depth and sparkle to the effect.
Super job, that soft yellow gives it that Dad's car look and multiplies the sleeper persona. And you really killed it with the engine, I like the valve covers, where did they come from with the Chevrolet lettering on them?
Almost all the 1:1 plum crazy cars I've seen had white seats and door panels and the lower dash, with black carpets rear package tray, and upper dash, oh yeah, thejjy had white headliners too. There's more than one paint code that used the plum crazy name, and one thing that might be confusing you is what looks like a fairly fine metallic on a real car looks like metalflake on a model. Plum Crazy is a metallic color, I have painted a lot of it over the years, we started running it as the primary color on our dirt stock cars in 1969, when the color was first released, in fact that first purple paint was a custom mix because none of the paint companies had a mixing formula for it yet, we also painted our '55 ChevyBel-Air tow car to match the race car, it was really popular with the public, the first race car that color was also a '55 Chevy.l
Looking good, I kinda like the "optional" four speed hydramatic transmission yours came with (lol). I'm not sure that little anemic four cylinder had enough power to even turn the pump in that tranny in stock form, but it's a cute addition to a little dilemma, there aren't many kits that have the stock trans to rob from.
Two four barrel carbs like the ones in the Rat Roaster kit would work, or for a vintage look the four Strombergs like the ones on the Ed Roth Beatnik Bandit would be perfect. In fact the entire Oldsmobile engine from the Beatnik Bandit would make a great choice for a vintage street rod look.
Don't forget the water bypass hose that goes from the boss on the top center of the water pump to the front center of the intake, it's the same size as heater hose and is very easy to make with a piece of insulated wire bent in a 90 degree angle.
As long as we're wishing MPC would bring a one of a kind kit back, how about the 1974 Pinto, it was a sedan body style with the deluxe side moldings and chrome window trim, and stainless wheel opening trim. I want another one (I have one already) to make a version of the '71 I had when I got married, it went through four different major rebuilds, and different versions of custom and stock paint (one of the perks of owning your own body shop). It's a pretty simple job to do, just use the front and rear lower valances and little bumpers from the earlier Runabout kits. And if you want to get really technical use the interior tub and seats from the 1971 Wonder Pony kit from AMT, this was the only sedan body AMT offered, but it had the plain Jane style body and bumpers. But did have the correct '71 interior, with the different tiny arm rests and the plain transmission tunnel without the catch all mini console under the dash in front of the shifter.