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Ferrari F430 (part 6)

Starting all over again
After a nice dip into the brake fluid, all evidence of a crappy paintjob has been removed.
And now I can start all over again.
After the body came out of the brake fluid, I scrubbed it down with an old toothbrush and some lukewarm soapy water, to remove all the residue of the brake fluid.
Then I noticed something that I haven't seen before. It seems that the brake fluid softened the plastic of the body a bit. Because while scrubbing the body I noticed that the roof seemed to "move" when I scrubbed it.
And indeed, a nice crack has appeared on the roof. After drying the body, I put some styrene glue into the crack from the underside. I used the ultra thin cement from Tamiya which did the job perfectly.

What I also noticed was that the Tamiya putty I have used on this kit does not like brake fluid. So I also have to redo the putty work on the body.
Nothing major, but it definately needs to be done.

During my visit to Euro Scale Modeling last year I had the chance to speak to some fellow modelers. Especially one person from the Belgian "De Paddock" community was very helpful in giving advice concerning painting of car bodies.
So when I got home, I immediately paid a visit to Steve Hemming's on-line store (Hiroboy) and ordered some automotive paint and 2K urethane clear.
As I've read that this 2K clear is quite nasty stuff, I also bought myself a respirator with appropriate filters.
But before I can use the paint, the clear and the respirator I had to redo some parts with putty and repair the roof further.

With this work now nearly finished, the end of this build is, once again, drawing near. And although I stated at the end of the previous page, evidently in an optimistic mood, to show the finished model in this update, by now I can tell you that it won't happen yet. And I'm not going to predict that it will be ready in time for the next update.
But hey, sometimes miracles do happen...

End of this update.

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