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Jaguar Mk. II Saloon "Inspector Morse" (part 6)

The roof is on fire...
Well, not really on fire. But at least some work has been done on it.
Earlier in this build report I stated that I wasn't happy with the way the wires (simulating the seams of vinyl roof) looked. So I removed them. And in the meantime replaced them with very thin wires I used from a co-axial cable.
Instead of using superglue to glue the wires to the roof, I opted this time for Kristal Klear by Microscale Industries. Sounds impressive, but it's actually a kind of clear drying wood glue.

With the superglue I've had problems applying the glue even and sparingly. Although it didn't show before painting the roof, after painting the bits of glue that had seeped out from under the wire were very obvious. This was, together with the unrealistic size of the wires, another reason to try it again.
The Kristal Klear glue is water soluble and I used a wet Q-tip to remove the excess glue from the roof before the glue dried.
As I haven't painted the roof yet, I don't know how it will look in the end, but from what I can see now it looks very promising.

A small experiment
Also earlier in this report I said that I wouldn't apply a texture to the roof as the texture on the 1:1 roof is already very fine and I think it is not possible to downscale it realistically to this car.
This doesn't deter me from a small experiment with some "Cast-a-coat" powder that I purchased some time ago.

I put some Krystal Klear on a piece of styrene and applied the powder according the instructions. I intentionally only covered half of the piece with Krystal Klear as I intended to do this job in 2 parts, to see whether the joint between the two halves would be visible.
After the powder had been applied, I sprayed some semigloss black over it. And this is how it looks:

As can be seen from the pictures above, the seam can be seen. But with a bit of work, I think it can be nearly invisible.
But I still won't use this powder on the roof. I think that a semigloss finish will look convincing enough, and I'll be using this powder for other things...

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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