A '56 Beetle,
Just finished building this 1/24 scale 1956 oval window Beetle, it's another Gunze Sangyo kit. No engine detail with this kit, but still a very nice model to build and has sufficient detail as a curbside model. I painted it in original Almond Green colour with Sand interior. A classic colour scheme for this era of Beetle.
Again with this model I primed and painted the body after first giving the whole thing a light sanding to remove any casting marks. After 2 light coats of the green paint (sprayed through an airbrush) I let it dry overnight and then gave it a light wet sanding with 3200 grit and 6000 grit polishing paper to remove any dust and smooth out the paint finish. Then I sprayed it with Testors "wet look" clear coat. After the clear was thoroughly dry I wet sanded again using 4000-12000 grit polishing papers.
Then I polished the entire thing with Novus 2 plastic scratch remover, rubbing it in with a soft cotton cloth on the end of my finger.
Finally I polished it with "The Finishing Touch" model wax.
This polishing procedure has become my new standard for getting good paint finishes on model cars. It's time consuming, but it makes a huge difference! I use the same polishing compounds on the clear plastic windows as well and it makes them extra clear and shiny.
This was my evening project over the past week or so. I'm quite happy with how she turned out.
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