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Okay, guys. I know I've been really hesitant about posting this, but this is my current build, a Monogram 1965 Shelby GT350 R-Model. Shelby American built 36 of these in 1965; the first 2 cars (5R001, and 5R002) being prototypes, and 34 production cars, which were broken up into three batches (5R094-5R108, 5R209-5R213, 5R527-5R540). The car I decided to tackle is 5R101, which is the eight production R Model, and has an incredible racing history. 5R101 was also the most winningest R Model to have competed in vintage racing, racking up 52 wins and 24 podium finishes between 1979 and 1986 with Alan Bolte at the wheel. In 2003, 5R101 was invited to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Since there are so many different versions of 5R101 throughout the years, I have decided to build the current version of the car. Right now, I am working on doing the rear valence panel, but would like to know how to add the bumps that are under the taillights. So far, I have the interior completed, along with the lines underneath the chassis. 

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Well, I wasn't happy with the way the body was coming out, so I started over. We've all been there, and I'm sure you know the saying "s--- happens", and I ended up getting a new body and rear valence panel. I just need to know how to make the rear valence look like a two piece unit that is up to par with the real thing. I tried using that Tamiya 2 part epoxy putty and it actually separated from the panel, causing my part to not be flush. I will provide pics of the new body, and what I am trying to achieve before I put the license plate on.  Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks! 

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Hello Maxx.

I'm not sure about what you want the end effect to be. It looks like you might want it to look like one piece of sheet metal overlapping another, is that correct?

My first suggestion is to fill it all in and scribe panel lines where you want them.  But if you want an overlapping look you may have luck using some thicker aluminum foil as the overlapping piece. Burnish and glue the foil over top of the lower piece to create the overlapping piece. You should be able to find some foil that's close to the scale thickness of the metal you want to replicate. I've done similar things before with mostly satisfactory results.

I hope that's helpful.

David G.

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17 hours ago, David G. said:

Hello Maxx.

I'm not sure about what you want the end effect to be. It looks like you might want it to look like one piece of sheet metal overlapping another, is that correct?

My first suggestion is to fill it all in and scribe panel lines where you want them.  But if you want an overlapping look you may have luck using some thicker aluminum foil as the overlapping piece. Burnish and glue the foil over top of the lower piece to create the overlapping piece. You should be able to find some foil that's close to the scale thickness of the metal you want to replicate. I've done similar things before with mostly satisfactory results.

I hope that's helpful.

David G.

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