Bill, Juha wrote a 2 part article in the other magazine that showed what I'm talking about, maybe in 2000 or 2001? He uses Humbrol green & blue metallic enamel, but only uses the clear top portion, none of the metallic particles. Then, he mixes parts of those in with clear & thinner, & brushes it on clear sheet.
I've never used anything but acrylic lacquer thinner for lacquers, enamels & nail polishes. Use a reputable brand, not the cheap hardware store stuff. I have been using DuPont medium temp since the mid '80's, years before I was building model cars.
Looking good! Here's how I did a windshield frame for a 36 Ford. After cleaning up the opening, I added a .015" styrene lip on the inside of the it.
I traced the shape of the opening onto a piece of paper & transferred that to a piece of .015" styrene sheet. I kept sanding the edges until the fit was tight, but did not bind or bend the sheet. I then built a frame around it on the backside using .020" x .060" strip.
Using dividers, I scribed, following the outer edge, making the outline that would later be cut out.
I used a motor tool to grind out the middle portion of the sheet.
Then, cleaned it up with files & sanding
I cut a piece of .010" clear PVC sheet to fit in the opening as "glass".
I got the idea to do this from Rik Hoving. Go to this link & scroll to pic 108. http://public.fotki.com/Rikster/model_cars/projects/40_ford_project/page2.html
.Thanks! Yes, a base coat. The text below says to shoot over white, but that is just to match the colors shown on the color chip. I test shoot on many different colored base colors to find out what I want as the final color. http://shop.blackgoldweb.com/product.sc?productId=7&categoryId=2
If you're using HOK candies, HOK copper pearl will make a great base coat. I've done some paint tests with candy red over it, & it looks very good. On this one, I shot light coats of copper pearl over a black base, then, topped it with candy root beer.
I find this work very interesting, but the photo quality makes it hard to see what's going on. Maybe it's just me, but it's all pretty fuzzy. With all of the heavy duty cutting & splicing that you're doing, it would be great to see it a bit clearer.