I finished the internals for the 962C in the previous post. Now its time to finish the outside.
My first, and really only, complaint about this kit are the windows. They are molded into the main body. I'm guessing that Tamiya wanted to show off it's cool injection molding skills, but its a huge pain to deal with. First, you'll need to mask the windows. Fortunately, Tamiya included pre-cut masks. However, they did not stick that well so I ended up having to use those as a template to make my own masks. The other annoying think about the clear parts being molded on is that there is white plastic showing through the headlights, and there is nothing I can do about that.
I sanded off a few mold lines to finish prepping the body before moving on to the next step.
With the windows and headlights masked it was time to start painting. I primed the body with Vallejo black surface primer. This stuff has yet to fail me. I let this dry for 24 hours before sanding out a few imperfections.
I then sprayed on a few coats of Tamiya X-13 Metallic Blue for the base coat. Its not a perfect match to the original car, but it looks quite good. I let this paint dry for a day before spraying a light coat of Zero's 2K Diamond clear coat to prep the body for decals.
The detail sheet is quite large. I was expecting a fight at every step, but to my surprise they went on beautifully. I was very careful with the larger decals, carefully positioning them, brushing on a coat of Solvaset, then letting it dry for a few hours. I applied all of the decals over the course of four days.
I let the decals dry for another 24 hours then applied the clear coat.
I used the Zero 2K Diamond clear coat. The process for applying ti is covered in this Williams FW14B post, so I wont cover the process again here.
I let the clear coat cure for several hours then I attached the body to the chassis. All that was left was to hand paint a few details on the body, including the front tow hook, and the rear lights, and glue on the wing mirrors and windshield wiper.
As you can see in the above photo, the clear coat fogged up the window a bit, but there was nothing I could do. Masking is just about impossible with the Zero 2K clear system, so it is what it is.
Overall I really liked this model. The assembly was easy, the decals went on beautifully. My only complaint is that the clear parts are molded onto the body. Keeping them as seperate pieces would have saved me a lot of pain.