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Peugeot 307 WRC "Pirelli", Tour de Corse 2006 (part 4)

As with the two other builds I'm currently working on, progress is relatively slow, but going on nevertheless.

As I mentioned in the previous update, the paintwork on the body was more or less finished, but because I was a bit lazy the layers of paint slightly reacted to eachother leaving a bit of an irregular surface.
It's about time I took care of it. For this I used a Micromesh sanding cloth. I wetsanded the body to get an even layer.
Although it still looks irregular (second picture is taken after the sanding), the layer feels very smooth. I'll shoot a layer of gloss clear on it, before I will apply the decals. The gloss clear will remove the matt/gloss effects because of the sanding and will give me a nice (and hopefully) even layer for applying the decals.

Work has also been done on the interior of the car.
In the previous update I already showed the seats. In this update I'll show several other parts of the interior.
Almost all parts of the interior have been painted (but won't be shown here just yet). Some need some extra detail work and will be shown in another update.
First I'll show the floor of the car and roll cage.
They both have been painted with Tamiya TS17 (gloss aluminium) first. I used an airbrush to apply the colour. After that, detail painting has been carried out with brush or airbrush to paint the black parts semi gloss black (Revell aquacolor).
Final colour (a kind of kevlar I think), the yellowish/tannish colour, should be mixed from orange (2 parts) and buff (1 part) according to the building instructions. But I didn't think the colour was right, so I made my own mix of orange (1 part), yellow (1 part) and buff (2 parts).

Apart from these parts, I've also managed to finish the steering wheel (apart from the gearshift rings) the dashboard and fire extinguishers. On the second picture there's also the central console, but that still needs (a lot of) extra detailing.

Another area of the car I've been working on is the bottom plate and the wheel arches.

Finishing the bottom plate was pretty straightforward. I sprayed the body colour (yellow) on first and afterwards I masked of the required areas for painting the kevlar, semi gloss black and metallic grey.
This all went without a problem. I might give it a coat of flat clear to reduce the shininess. But as it is the bottom of the car, probably no one will ever see it, so I might leave it just as it is.

The front wheel arches were painted kevlar from the inside and semi gloss black from the outside.
Afterwards, I think I made an error painting the whole wheel arches kevlar. But I've been looking long and hard at several reference pictures and thought I had made the right choice. But than I found a picture from which I concluded that the kevlar part was only on the outside of the wheel arches and that the rest should be painted body color.
But I've decided that I'll leave it this way, as the kevlar colour is a bit yellowish already.

After all the painting I testfitted the floor and bottom plate with the wheel arches.

Where I almost assumed that the parts would fit in such a way that the interior colour of the wheelarches would continue on the bottom plate, I found out, sadly, that this wasn't the case.
Which I found strange, as I had followed the painting instructions as Tamiya indicated.
Now I have to conclude that I should have testfitted the parts before masking off the parts... I will leave it like this for the time being as it won't be very visible once the wheel is mounted. But it's certainly a lesson for next time. First test fit the parts, than paint them...

End of this update.

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My suspicion that the aggressive solvent-based clearcoat triggered some sort of reaction with either the water-based clearcoat and or the material of the tires appears to be true.
My options were rather limited, so I decided to spray a new water-based clearcoat over the tires, hoping to cover the previous layer of clear and stop the reaction.
For 3 of the 4 tires one layer of clear was enough.
The rear tire with the most problems received 2 layers and that seems to do the trick. Even after more than a week of drying the clear stays flat.

The clearcoat I used was my own Revell Aqua Color mix as used previously. But this time thinned with it's dedicated thinner and applied by airbrush.
Although the image above does little to hide the imperfections I'm happy I finally am able to finish this chapter so I can divert my attention again towards the rest of the kit.

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