I've found the same .. strippers ruin body putty. I haven't tested extensively as I don't enjoy redoing bodywork, as much as I like that part of modeling. I always just sand down paint when bodywork/stripping is required.
Three TR's .. wow! I think it was keeping the SU's in sync that finally did me in ... I was lucky if they went a month before the power dropped. My sports car bug hit me a few years later and stayed thru five Porsche 924/944's ... galvanized bodies and the sweetest suspensions in the world.
In other news, the TR dash pieces are coming together .. I scraped the resin dash clean and started fabricating all the little pieces ... nothing worth a photo yet.
Yeah, the ones that looked right were fairly small. I did see some pretty hi rez ones, but not what I need. I do 3D design (in spare time) making 3D objects and manipulation of textures in Photoshop. I could enlarge but that doesn't usually come out well. Maybe it's worth a chance since it's going to end up so small.
I really appreciate the offer, Hugh! t one point I was thinking of using a piece of veneer, but I think it would be too thick. A sheet of photo paper seems the thinnest I can get and would be great to have a piece of veneer to photograph at high resolution. The 1/24 dash is 1.75 x about .5", so I wouldn't need a large piece. Here's a photo of my TR4A dash so you can see what I'd like to get close to. If you have something that might be close, I'd be happy to just photograph it and get it back to you.
Thanks, Skip. I've been there but their photos are a bit low resolution for my needs I want something that is 1500 dpi and 1.75" with the grain ... that's about 2600 pixels ... the nice ones at certainly wood are 400, but some of their teaks are perfect in color and grain ...
Got a mockup with primer .. bodywork is done ... this was a long road to this point! Thinning the resin body and panel line repairs were the most time consuming but all the TR4 things are well done and it just needs the TR4A specific side chrome and side light assembly to be made. I popped the PE grill in that came with the kit. The wheels are in Metalizer Stainless Steel and maybe too shiny, the wires were only painted. The interior pieced are in black primer and the top boot is made but only taped in place and not laying flat. It will have the piece attached to the front edge that hangs down .. not sure of the purpose of this loose flap.
I've been working on the dash as this will be a focal point and need a lot of love! First is the resin dash that came with the lit. I was going to make a wood decal and drill out the instruments for more decals, but decided to print a photo of the dash wood and probably the instruments with it. There are trim rings on the PE fret to use around them. First is a scan of the resin dash and the PE fret from the kit:
This is the dash with a low resolution print of some dash wood .. needs sone more irregular grain I think.
Powders will dull down and "dirty" it well as Miles says. Just use the BMF and use a simi-gloss or Dullcoat over it to tale shine away .. use a brush so it gets a spotty look .. still some shine is some protected areas.