The "A" posts in my kit also were bent down, the body being crammed into the box on it's left side with the posts against the box side. I bent the posts upward without problem. What I notice is that there's a small overhang of the roof over the windshield header- way too small to be an external visor but big enough to look awkward. That awkward ( to me) color combo of blue body, white roof, and tan/ white interior should be changed. I'm thinking darker blue metallic( TS-64) with a dark silver/gray roof and blue and gray interior trim. Or maybe a body in a shade of tan/beige, or a pale yellow, and a tan/ beige, or pale yellow, and blue interior.
My ex wife didn't care either way about my models. I didn't build much at that time and didn't have the stash that I do now. My daughter and I built a couple models together but she never developed a lasting interest, preferring other things. My mother has to live with me now because at age 89 she can't be totally on her own anymore. But she's the one who complains about the paint smell so I try to limit my paint time a bit.
The '87 is the only Regal of that era out there but it's noticeably different than the 1980 on down version. It's longer with a sleeker nose and a different "C" pillar. It would take a LOT of work to make it look like a 1980 version. How developed are your scratch building skills? How about doing this, Juha Airio? Useless bit of trivia- on the real cars the 1980 and older hood could be used on the newer cars if you could find the little adapter brackets that GM made back then ( discontinued long ago) just for that purpose .
The HHR body is taken from a toy. Road something(can't remember the company name) is the one who made it. I have all 4 castings (2 Flintstone, 2 RMR). The RMR comes with an under carriage( from the PT Cruiser so some details are incorrect) and separate pieces for the grille, headlamps, instrument panel, mirrors, and rear valence. The windows are molded open but no clear inserts are provided. The Flintstone bodies are molded as one piece with the windows molded solid.( mirrors are separate and included ) and have the cowl area with wipers where the RMR does not have this ( I suspect the pieces are meant to be taken from the PT Cruiser kit.) The rear valence on both is incorrect- HHRs didn't have dual exhaust outlets. The Flintstone bodies are better as slammers or as customs, the RMRs would be a better start for a stock replica. In summary, both offerings will take a lot of work to be accurate stock builds
The Tamiya lacquers will NOT work over an enamel! Personal experience here. Yes, the clear pearl over a solid color looks great. Ace, you seem to apply TS-13 sooner than has been recommended. Have you experienced any of the infamous cracking for which TS-13 is famous?