In discussing this car with Mr. Predicta AKA Mark Gustavson. It was concluded that to build an accurate 1/24 model the kit should only be used as a reference and start with a Monogram '56 t-bird and a '59 Buick. I did try using the kit and wanted to backdate it but what a waste. I'll see about posting a link to my PB, both the 1/24th project is there along with start of a 1/16th predicta. The frustrating thing is that Monogram bought the Predicta from Starbird. He made modifications to it for Monogram and they still fudged the model.
"And I know for a fact that some paints (particularly automotive paints) were not made to be heat-dried" This is news to me. Can you give a source for this? Body shop suppliers sell and promote many kinds of driers( Heat lamps etc) for speeding the curing of paint work. Time is money in body shops, Anyone here work in body repair daily have any comments on this? Thanks