Back in the saddle... It's been a long time between drinks, but I'm finally getting back into the swing of things. A recent decision to quit smoking has left me needing something to occupy my hands and fingers. Unfortunately I didn't put a lot of thought into protecting the model while on hiatus so it's wearing a bit of extra damage, dust and has slightly faded a little along the way. I managed to polish up the supercharger a bit with a cotton bud though, so it's nice and shiny again. When I last worked on the model I almost gave up because my re-arranging of the build order had sortof backed me into a corner that made it hard to attatch a few parts, but the time away from it has helped ease the pain of dealing with those issues. The main problem was figuring out how to attach the wheel hubs and front grill area which I've basically overcome using tweezers and a bit of brute force. Another obstacle was the ugly mess my wheels had become due to some kind of reaction between the glue and the edge markers I'd used which had left me with all kinds of weird green spots. The wheels were a daunting task to consider re-doing... not because they were hard, I actually love the way Claudio designed these, they come together quite nicely but man there's a lot of tabs to cut out I decided to remake 3 of them and leave 2 of the green tinted ones on the side of the model that won't be displayed. The following pic shows the comparison between old and new... still messy, but no more green. This next pic shows one of the rear wheels in place and the "cheat" I used for the side pipes, they're basically plastic lollipop sticks that I cut some pieces out of with mitre cuts then glued together and painted with silver marker. It's definitely not the result I was hoping for but I'm somewhat rushing this now due to having printed my next model and being very eager to get a start on it (Another Claudio Dias Masterpiece). All the wheels are on now, and there's not much left to go.... but each time I think that, I find myself scratch building some little bits and pieces to add detail here and there, so there might still be a few more updates left in this one. More soon... the end is in sight.