Hey guy's I'm about to kick off building a Jedi Training Remote. This is my first foray into kit-bashing, studio scale, and molding and casting. I believe that I have all the parts and materials except for some paint. I do have some questions that my research hasn't been able to confirm and was wondering if anyone knew.
1. The wheels from the Kenworth kit some have lugs and some do not. We do know that both were used on the real prop, but do we know how many of each? And what is the pattern of placement for them if any?
2. I've seen a few people use different thicknesses of styrene sheet to make the panels, do we know what the actual thickness is? I've seen both .75 mm(.030 inch), and .5 mm(.020 inch), seems like quite a disparity.
3. I'm wanting some opinions on the best way to make parts chrome. I'm going to be molding and casting the parts because there are not enough in each kit and the wheels need to be chrome. I've seen some people send out for a plating service, I've seen some paint with high gloss black paint and then spray chrome paint with some success. I'm sure there are more options and I'd like to know about them and the pros and cons of each.
List of Parts
1/48 Tamiya Panther "Type G" (Bandai is what was used on the real prop)
Detail - part #3
1/24 ERTL Kenworth T-600 kit #6976 — or — AMT Midnight Express
Chrome truck rims * 8
Axle Bracket * 8
1/72 scale M-4(A3E8) Sherman tank model by Hasegawa
Male Wheel halves
Female wheel halves
1/72 Airfix Panzer IV
2x 6 inch Plastruct VHH-600 hemispheres
Scotchlite Reflective tape to back the hubs and cupolas
Paint + alternative colors
Floquil Freight Car Brown = Testers acrylic rust
Floquil Reefer White = white testers primer, Tamiya flat white, Testers Insignia white
testers flint gray = Tamiya Haze Grey
Here are my resources for researching this project. If you know of any others please share them with me.
Am I forgetting anything? I plan to post progress but I don't expect that this will go very fast seeing as how there a lot of first for me. Any tips, ideas, tricks are welcome. Thanks for looking.