I've used WEST System epoxy as a clear coat, though not on a model car. I think you'll find the results disappointing. It is incredibly durable, but it isn't as shiny as we like to see, and it goes on fairly thick. If you still want to try it, paint a plastic spoon and try the clear epoxy on that. It needs to be very thin, and typical laminating resins have some body (viscosity) to them. You might be able to thin it with Xylene. Personally, I'd recommend something like Testor's Wet Look clear. It sprays well, levels nicely, and is truly shiny.
Those look really good. One suggestion - real surfboards are not flat. They have some rocker to them, and the first third or so bends up a bit. 2-3 mm on these boards. The rear curves up too, but maybe only a mm or so.
I'm in southern California, and the local coyotes have been very aggressive; snatching domestic cats, and dogs. Even shooting them with a pellet gun will help. Even if you don't kill them, they will not come back. Putting barbed wire atop your fences will stop them from crossing.
I think there's a huge disconnect between older and younger modelers. There are young people building models, but they're not cars, airplanes, or AFVs. My daughter builds Gundams and we went to The Gundam Guys contest in Orange County (CA), This last contest had at least a couple hundred people in attendance, and I'm pretty sure I was the oldest guy in the room. Most people were in their 20's and 30's. They were doing some first-class builds too. Not my favorite subject matter, but you know, we have some stuff in common. I know it would be nice for a local IPMS contests to have a specific Gundam/Meca category. But most don't. They lump them in with the other sci-fi models. I find it interesting that sci-fi and Gundams are the two fastest growing model categories. It seems to me that people are still building, but not in as great a number, they tend not to participate in clubs, and they're building stuff the current regimes don't particularly accommodate. One thing I really liked about the Gundam Guys, is that they had novice, intermediate, and expert categories. I'd like to see something similar at our car contests. Maybe just one, or a handful of categories. That way, older modelers who're new to the hobby will have an opportunity for some recognition. I've noticed is that both the hobby shops I frequent have greatly increased their stock of Gundam/Meca models. There's a sign there if you're willing to look for it. I also think that some clubs aren't nearly as welcoming as they could be. Near as I can tell, younger people like to build Japanese cars that have been modified for improved performance. Kinda like hot rods, but with a different starting point. In that regard, they're just like us older folks. They like to build the cars they'd love to have, but can't afford. And you know, maybe the model isn't perfect. But, it doesn't have to be perfect for you to appreciate it. And that appreciation seems to be missing sometimes. But I don't see "tuner cars" get a lot of respect. We have some unknown percentage of modelers who just like to build. They don't belong to a club, they don't go to model shows/contests, and they really don't want to get socially entangled with their model building. I ran across a few of these people at the Good Guys Show. I don't know how many there are, but I'll bet there are a lot. Then there is sexism. My daughter builds Gundams, and entered a diorama in one of our local IPMS contests. She won third place, which made her very happy. But afterward, an "older" gentleman asked her if her husband approved of her model-building activities. I'm sure he meant well, but I can't decide whether to laugh or facepalm. She's not married, and if she were, her husband had darn well better approve. That said, he's not terribly representative of our local community with has several women members.
I use India ink and a steel quill pen after the last coat of primer. The ink darkens anything sprayed on top of it. Putting it down after the primer ensures that the ink spreads and adheres instead of pools into droplets.
I think the Foose kits will open a new market for Revell. I also think that's a good thing. We need new people in this hobby, and I don't think it will hurt any of us to be more ecumenical regarding style. Personally, I have mixed feelings about his builds. But, they're mostly good/OK. Don't get me started on "checkbook hot-rodding" either. :-)