I think this build will be getting put away for a while. I had decided on painting the car in a very non-descript shade of brown, mimicking a current trend among Japanese car customizers of painting wild street and track builds in boring colors like beige or solid grey. I ended up with a finish decent enough to represent something achieved in a private garage without aid of professional equipment. Things seemed to be going well with the build. Then, while dealing with one of the tiny "Z" badges that go on the hood and C pillars, the part popped out of my tweezers and went flying across my work room. I have no idea where it went, and I have little hope of recovering it. The kit's body has small holes molded into it for placement of the badges. Now, even if I still use the two remaining badges on the C pillars, the hole on the hood would need to be filled. The body is now soaking in a bucket of Purple Power. When the existing paint has been removed, I will eventually will fill in all three placement holes, and start from the beginning on paint. When the project will return to my bench, I can't say at this point.
I stumbled across a weird glitch, and a solution to it. I'm posting here in case it can help anybody (apologies if it was already brought up). I clicked "quote" on a post, and the Reply box populated with the post I was quoting, PLUS an earlier post I had quoted, but never followed up on actually replying to (I had hit the back button without hitting "Submit Reply"). I hit back and tried quoting the post again, and it still had the old quotes, plus the new quotes now showing up twice. In the reply box, I hit "ctrl+A" to select all, and then delete. This deleted the text, but left the Quote boxes. On a whim, I tried rapidly tapping the Backspace key twice, and this deleted the quote boxes too, and left me with a blank Reply box. I went back, and clicked quote on the post, and got a reply box with only the post I was trying to quote. The double backspace had cleared out the older quotes. This happened in Chrome, on Windows 8.
It is pretty crazy. I really enjoyed working with Testors' Super-Fine Lacquer Primer, but I came to realize that since it comes packaged in the normal Model Master bottle but is pre-thinned for airbrushing, it is actually much more expensive than the regular Model Master paints when you look at the cost / coverage ratio. I switched to working with decanted Krylon primers, but it's just not the same. I may still use the Super-Fine Lacquer for special projects. As far as thinners go, I buy in bulk whenever possible. Home Depot enamel thinner for Testors enamels and Costco-size jugs of Windex for Tamiya and other water-based acrylics. However, I've been hesitant to get lacquer thinner from Home Depot, as I've read the bulk stuff is really hot and can damage styrene very easily.
Rattle can or airbrush? If you're using an airbrush, you could paint it with Tamiya or other water based acrylic bottle paint, dampen a cotton swab with Windex, and wipe away the paint from the raised areas. Tamiya rattle-can paints have a different formulation from the bottle paints, so I don't think this technique will work in them.
Does your software have an option to run a boot-time scan (scanning during a system start-up)? Take a look in the options in Malwarebytes. If you can do that, it may be able to deal with the infected program before it starts up in Windows. Only do it when you have time to let the scan run, windows won't start until the scan is done.
I have one, and started building it. Mine had a short-shot hood, so I decided to hot-rod it, but moved on to something else when I had some things to figure out. I found that the parts fit together really well, but the frame is in multiple pieces, and mine came out with a twist due to slightly warped parts. The engine, interior and suspension went together beautifully. Body looks really good. My example had chrome that was faded, but came off really easily with Simple Green, so I can repaint it.
Gregg, I haven't commented on the new look, because I figured I would get used to it after spending a little time with it, which is exactly what is happening. Some things are very different, but they haven't caused any big problems for me yet. Thanks for maintaining this forum, and for putting up with everything you have to put up with during the changeover.