Neat kit. I have 6 of them in my stash right now waiting their turns. One suggestion I will make, especially if you're going to display it with a load on a bed/mounted box, or hooked up to a trailer, will be to make a slight alteration in the rear springs to let it sit level. I don't recall where I found it, but there are directions on how to modify the springs to lower the rear to a more appropriate "loaded" ride height. as the kit comes, the rear sits very high.
It's my understanding that the '72 Chevy that is in the current tool catalog is actually a combination of a retooled GMC and the MPC kit, using the best bits from each kit, plus some new added components. I've also heard that tow truck/fire truck bed tool has either been damaged or lost.
http://www.oldcarbrochures.org/NA/Chevrolet/1957_Chevrolet/1957-Chevrolet-Engineering-Features-Booklet/1957-Chevrolet-Engineering-Features-001 Red oxide primer would be correct for the floor pan, with satin black on the frame rails. Minimal, if any, overspray near the sills (this tends to get overdone). The 3rd member for the rear differential is also a red oxide/rust red color, satin or semi-gloss finish.
I gave this a try on a Mobius Hudson, used Micro Scale adhesive (I already had it on hand) and Meijer brand foil. Worked much better than BMF in my opinion.
Matthew, the door locks and the "Twin H Power" badge on the trunk lid were done using metal leafing, as I found it easier to do those that way. It basically amounted to painting them as one would with "chrome" paint, only using the adhesive size, then applying the leaf. I find that works sell on very small items that would be difficult to do with regular foil.
I haven't tested the acrylic clear over hobby paints yet, but the Paint Shop clear works fine over Tamiya and Testors lacquers, and I have had good results using it over Testors enamels, Tamiya acrylics, and even over some of the old Kustom Kolor paints, which I believe are a modified enamel.
Testors Inca Gold lacquer
Tamiya Lavender lacquer
Testors Magnesium Brown enamel
Tamiya Clear Blue acrylic, shot over Duplicolor silver
Valspar JD Green enamel The roof and side color on the Hudson in my other post is Kustom Kolor enamel, Gamma Gold.
1; Yes, Duplicolor automotive lacquers do need a clear coat. You do not mention what color you're using or if it is a metallic or not. If it is a metallic, I would advise against sanding, as that can mar the metallic effect. If you do need to sand it to smooth it out, you will need to go back and lay down a coat or 2 to bring the color back. If it blushes, however (Duplicolor is known for this in high humidity), buffing the finish out with rubbing compound will not hurt anything. 2; I would strongly suggest using one of Duplicolors own clears over it. While I have seen excellent results fro builders using future, I have heard of problems with it cracking. In my own experience, I was not really impressed with the finish Future left. 3; Do the detail panting after the clear. That will prevent any potential paint incompatibilities. In addition, some of the tiems you mention, such as the battery, do not have a gloss finish. 4; Lots of discussion both ways on this one. Personally, I do any foiling after the clear. Now, if you're looking into getting into airbrushing, a line I can suggest is the Paint Shop line from Duplicolor. Usually found at the FLAPS, it comes in a premixed 1 quart can, ready to spray. That's what I use primarily for clearcoating, much cheaper than getting rattle can clear, especially if you can catch a sale. They also have a matte and satin clear, plus 2 different intercoat clears. They lay down very thin.
Everything on this Hudson except for the top and side secondary color is Duplicolor.
This van is also mostly Duplicolor. The maroon stripe between the top and bottom colors is Tamiya, the rest is Duplicolor, with applictations of Prismatic and Metallic intercoat, and topcoated with the Paint Shop clear.
That's right. There's several of the old Boyd colors that are now in the regular line. They were added as "Trends" colors. IIRC, Turquoise (Pacific Blue), Grape Metallic, Alumacoupe, Yellow, and I think Lime Metallic were all put in that line.