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Peugeot 307 WRC "Pirelli", Tour de Corse 2006 (part 3)

What's the colour of money ?
I should know by now. I've spent more than enough of it on the colour for this car.
In my previous update I was very optimistic about Tamiya X-8 for this car. But sadly, this colour was also too dark.
Next was the runner-up, the Revell yellow. But, you might have guessed it, it was too light...
Luckily I had to go to the nearby city of Roermond to pay a local hobby store, who stocks Revell Aqua Color, a visit. Thanks to the mass painting shown above I was running out of semigloss black, so re-stocking was needed.
But alas, no semigloss black in stock... But, he did have a spraycan of Tamiya TS-16. Which I bought. One more different tone of yellow wouldn't hurt I thought.
And it didn't hurt indeed. Because this was the yellow I've been looking for from the beginning. I really don't understand that Renaissance recommends TS47. That colour is really way too dark.
Anyway, I finally got THE colour, so off spraying I went (after decanting the paint into a jar).
As I was a bit lazy, I didn't bother stripping the (very thin) layers of X-8 and Revell. Not good. It appeared that the lacquer from the spraycan reacted with the previous layers of paint. And after spraying a first layer of paint I got a nice cracked paintjob.
But, to my big surprise (and relief), after a few days drying, the cracks are almost gone. The irregularities in the paintjob that remain can easily be smoothed out with MicroMesh sanding cloths.
So in the end, the drama wasn't such a drama after all. Phew.

Have a seat, no, have two !
Between all the stress I've been having with the colour choice and stripping paint and all, I've still managed to get some other things done.
One of them is cutting some holes in the seats, so that I can put some aftermarket seatbelts on the seats.
The other is painting the seats. The backside has been painted gloss black, to provide a smooth surface for the carbon fiber decals that go on the back.
The rest of the seats is painted flat black. I have been thinking about applying some texture to the seats. From the reference picture you can see that the fabric of the seats has a very fine structure.

But, as with the roof of Inspector Morse's Jaguar, I've decided that it just isn't possible to create a fine enough texture in this scale.

Apart from the seats I've also been working on the suspension parts.

The suspension is finished in the meantime, with the brake-discs also attached, but I haven't taken any pictures yet. Those will be for the next update.


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