I kept dealing with all sorts of details, with mixed results...UPDATE
Here's a small speed bump:
The halves of the front fender fit together perfectly, but I managed to make a small chip where I removed the injection gate. Initially looked minuscule on the bright white plastic, but after priming looked very conspicuous. Also I didn't particularly liked the way I've got the primer on, and I decided for a more radical solution:
After sanding I have discovered that my intuition was correct: the surface wasn't perfect at all and I couldn't have ignored it, because it's in a very visible eye polarizing spot
As said earlier, I really need the trolley to support my model now and I went ahead and painted it yellow, applied the decal and sprayed the clear coat over it. And that's the good news:
The bad news is that I've tried to use Tamiya X22 and I'm not too fond with the result:
I might have a little problem here. The urethane that I normally use for clear coat is a little yellowish. I love the effect - it looks like an amber warming filter - but I cannot applied over ultra-bright white. I use Krylon
white as my default enamel white, and that one is also a little towards ivory, but for this model I chose ultra-bright base from Rust-oleum
and my trials have shown that the urethane is quite visible over it. And I have not so many options. I still have loads of Pledge
but I don't really want to go back yo it unless is absolutely necessary and X-22. X-22 and I aren't the best friends. I've tried about everything with it, but... bad results every time. I don't know if is me or Caribbean climate (most certainly me), but I don't want to risk this particular model with dubious quality. I have on the way Alclad Klear Kote and I better wait for it another week or so. I still have a few things to do before wrapping up this build, so there's not big drama.
Another little thing I managed to do is to apply the decal over the dash:
Tamiya offers two variants:
I chose the dark version (night mode?) because the cover of the feature emanating from this build will show the Panigale
against a city at night (maybe Sidney, Michael
?) and I find black background more adequate.
Meanwhile couple of other parts are drying after today's spraying session, so you should expect more updates soon.