Hi, during a bit of spring cleaning I dug up a GPM F-18 model that I started and forgot about years ago. I decided to give it another go and splurged on some new toys including Fiskars micto-tip scissors and a self-healing mat. Both of which I found out about on this forum! Thanks everyone. Now my problem is the tips of various cones (on missiles, nose cones, sensor pods etc.) In the middle of the photo is the nose cone which looks rather bad because of the black lines running to the very tip. On the right are the fuel pods; I made a mess of the original tips so I made some from scratch. They aren't the same colour but at least I'm happy with the fact that they look relatively smooth and clean. On the left you can see that I'll have to deal with this problem a few more times! What's the best way to deal with these situations? Trim away the black lines before gluing up the tips? Painting afterwards? Or am I being too picky with my first model?