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Ferrari F430 (part 4)

A minor mishap
This build was quietly moving towards completion. Which was nice, because I want to take this car to the ESM contest at the end of November.
But when I took the bodyshell out to commence the polishing and waxing of the body, I noticed a small white spot on the front of the hood of the car.
Hmm, nothing serious I thought and tried to remove the offending spot swiftly, but carefully.
Yes, I got it removed. Oh no, the underlying paint too !!! Very nice.

Out came the sanding paper and micromesh clothes. I gave the car a good sanding, masked the vents of the engine room and airbrushed the whole car again.
And it turned out quite fine. This action gave me also the opportunity to repair the minor damage on the rear bumper.
On the pictures below is the current state. As can be seen on the right picture, there's still some sanding to do. But in general the paint is looking very good and I'm confident that I'm going to get this car ready in time for the ESM event.

Engine compartment
I've already started to make some additional parts for detailing the engine room. But before I start with that task, I had to do some painting first.
I noticed that I'd forgotten to paint the exhausts, which are visible between the aluminum coloured triangles. As a colour I used chrome silver from the Revell Aquacolor range.
I'm still contemplating whether to paint a second layer, because the exhaust looks a bit dark now.
And I've also put some Bare Metal Foil onto the muffler (?). It's the first time that I used BMF. And I must admit that I'm not totally happy with how it looks. But as the part will be largely onscured when the car is put together, I won't do anything about it.
Looking back, it might have been better to paint that part. But as I said, it'll stay this way.

Other things
Apart from painting the body (again), I've also been doing some detail work on the dashboard.
In the Crazy Modeler PE set there were some items included that should go onto the vents in the dashboard (third picture below). But to get them to fit correctly I had to sand some parts from the vents. As the dashboard was already completely painted, I decided to paint the borders of the vents.
And as it turned out, I think it looks just like the real thing. I don't think I could have achieved the same result with the PE parts.
End of this update.

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Getting there
The drama with the tires finally seems to have come to an end.
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.
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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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