I have a few more photos processed- here they are! I've pre-foiled the badges on the nose and trunk lid. After each coat of paint, I carefully remove the paint from the foil with a toothpick dipped in lacquer thinner.
I've darkened the panel lines with thinned black acrylic paint.
The dark gray primer almost has me tempted to change the color to black from the dark red I planned.
I think we're ready for some color!
While I was waiting for primer and putty to dry, I decided to prep and paint some of the secondary body items. The color I bought was Duplicolor Milano Red. If one goes by the appearance of the cap, it's a nice dark red. Using white primer beneath it seems to punch up the color a bit too much for my liking.
So it's on to the spoon test. The piece on the top of the cap shows the noticeable variance between the intended shade and the way it actually came out. The three spoons show the effect different primers under the paint. The leftmost spoon has the white primer that I initially used. The middle spoon uses a red oxide primer and the spoon on the right uses a dark gray primer. I think the dark gray gives the closest match to the intended shade.
It looks like the dark gray primer was the way to go. That's about as close a match as I could hope for.
Hopefully, I'll get the time to post some more soon. As always, thanks for taking the time to look and feel free to comment. David G.
OK, I found some time for a quick update. When I opened this kit and saw the manner in which AMT decided to mold the front panel of this kit as a separate piece, I was a little disheartened. I knew I could blend the panel seams without much difficulty, but correcting the disjointed the fender welts was going to be a challenge. To my eyes, the way the fender welts followed the waterfall sweep of the fenders as they merged into the body line framing the butterfly grille was a significant design feature of the car. Not getting this right would greatly detract from the finished kit. It's not perfect, but it's better than what the kit gave me.
As always, thanks for looking and feel free to comment. David G.