Into the final stretch. The body and chassis are together for (I hope) the final time.While it came with decals for the black soft trim for the front and the rear fender guards, they were incomplete and poor fitting, so I hand painted those areas black.
The yellowing of those vac-u-form parts does not polish out. It's in the plastic and when the kits were new many were already that way. But since you went with red (a warm color) the yellowish tint will not be too obvious on the finished car. Especially with a black interior.
Well, I don't breathe in the dust when I make it, but I don't wear a mask or gloves either. Most of debris from filing and drilling is not so fine as to become airborne. When I do sand I almost always wet sand, and that contains the dust very effectively. The smell has never bothered me. But then I love the smell of new tires too. This one is not too strong smelling. Starter and PM kits from several years ago are much more pungent.
The seat was MIA so I dug one out of my stash and modified it to match the drawing on the instructions. The seat belt hardware comes in the kit, I cut the belts out from tape. The roll cage looks a little rough partly due to the brittle nature of the white metal parts, and partly due to the tight fit inside the body. Fortunately when installed it looks OK and the windows/frames further limit how much can be seen once buttoned up.
I was under the impression it was a recent kit Pete. But it looks like older technology in some areas. Looks like the front tires won’t be an issue since they are not stretched/stressed as much. The rears have been repaired. Not perfect, but once under the car I think they'll be fine.
I think in this case it was two main factors. There was a clear line from where the tire material went 180 degrees around the mold and I suspect the material was not hot enough to fully meld. Plus the tires were a really tight fit with a good amount of stretching needed to get them over the rims.
After I installed the BBS wheel centers and center nuts I set them aside. Unfortunately the rear tires split along the line where the material met when being molded and apparently did not bond well. I cemented them together with CA and will have to sand and paint the repairs. At this point I’m waiting to see if the front tires split too.
I had someone contact me through this forum asking for some resin parts I had cast for a project I was working on. I told him I was not in the business of making parts but after he insisted for some time I finally capitulated, agreed on a price and spent a couple weeks making the parts. What a surprise, another resin oriented flake out. The guy could not get the money for one (lame sounding) reason after another. After a month or more of excuses he just stopped communicating. \ We aren't talking a lot of money, it's the time and effort that was the main loss. So the next guy that asks me for a similar favor will most likely get a resounding NO from me. What is it with resin that brings the flakes and cheats out?