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2 hours ago, Pierre Rivard said:

Very interesting. If it brushes on like Future and has good polish ability... should be formidable.

Please keep us posted on the details of the polishing steps.

Pierre, I will probably just wait a couple of days and hit it with novus 2 polish and see what I get. I don't want to polish through the clear to paint for sure. The novus is more forgiving than sandpaper or polishing pads. 

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Does not look much different than the last photos but this is the last coat of clear I will apply. I will now wait a couple of days to make sure the clear is good and dry for polishing. I just want to knock the small bits you get in the paint down a little before I decal it and put the final future coat to seal the decals.

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The wheels on this car are 5 slot wheels but they are not what you normally see in slot wheels. the slots are shaped into half circles. I got some ppp 74 slots and will be changing the slots into half circles. Won't be perfect but will be closer than normal slot wheels. 

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Needs more sanding and adjusting of the half circle slots, then will prime and paint and try to get smooth enough to get some Revell chrom spray to put on them. If not, I will have to get out the old airbrush and shoot them with AlcladII. I did the wheels on this Chevelle back in the day with AlcladII. I don't think you can brush AlcladII on with much success.

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1 hour ago, Pierre Rivard said:

Excellent transformation of these wheels. So getting the old airbrush out hey? If you want the best chrome possible you don't have much of a choice.

Have you polished the Vallejo gloss varnish? wondering how that went compared to other acrylic clears.

Pierre, I noticed on your Alfa Romeo you had to use a rattle can for the primer because of the resin stuff.  Sometimes us brush guys are forced to go back to the dark side to get stuff done but only if we have to. I haven't had a chance to polish the Vallejo gloss varnish but I'm thinking it's going to work out well. It's the smoothest clear I have used yet with a brush and almost tempted not to polish it at all. Just hit it with future/quickshine  after decaling and call it a day on the body. We shall see.

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I'm going to resand these wheels and paint them with gray primer, After that I will paint them gloss black and put some clear on top of that to get them ready for the alcladII. The smoother and glossier the black the better the alcladII chrome will work. 

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Needs a couple of rounds of sanding and more coats of paint. I found my stash of alcladII chrome. I remembered how much trouble my old airbrush was giving me so I bought a new Iwata airbrush with the compressor in a kit for 200 bucks from Hob Lob. I want to make sure I get these right. I decided I needed an early Christmas present to myself.

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Almost finished with the interior under glass, so to speak. Then I can move on to the roll cage. The way this model goes together, I will be able to display it with body on or off. It appears that the body does not have to be glued to the chassis.

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This model is very weird. the bottom half of the engine is molded into the frame. I had to cut it off so I can build and paint the engine and then return it to the frame after it is painted.  Never seen this before. Not going to go crazy on this, just add the correct air cleaner, fix the pulleys and belts, and put some headers on it.

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I put the engine back in the box because I want to finish the chassis first. I've finally gotten to the roll cage. I always start at the rear and move forward. It's the only way I can get the rear hoop perpendicular to the floor because everything builds off of the rear hoop. 

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