The paint separation line was lowered, and added with Evergreen half round strip. The kit's upper paint break line was sanded off, sealed and primed to prevent "ghosting". All chrome trim was masked off with Tamiya tape for later Alclad or BMF application.
Attention was now turned towards the pump panels. As many of today's apparatus have black gauge panels,I sought to replicate this look. I had stumbled upon this process and thought I would give it a try. I applied BMF to the areas that I wanted chrome or painted instead of the black.
For the textured black areas of the panel, I used Rustoleum Textured paint.
This is how the panel looked after the texture coating:
Some time, q-tips, fine microbrushes, andTamiya fine cotton swabs and small amounts of lacquer thinner revealed this:
Still have to remove the paint from the officer's side panel:
I also modified the area above the pump panel, cutting out and filling it to contain a hose reel.
Future updates will show the hose reel and modified area above the pump. Let me know what you think. Thanks for looking!