The sprues have been spray primed with their respective base colors. Even though models are molded in color, I still prefer a painted finish for more realism. There are ten pages of assembly instructions, and as usual this build starts with the engine. I actually ended up buying two kits because of operator error (oops), but that means I have plenty of spare parts.
I located some engine photos online and saw some cars in person at the Volo Auto Museum, so I've followed those as a guideline for color and finish. I used Testors jar paints and acrylics using tiny brushes, though many of the smaller details are painted with toothpicks and straight pins.
Here's the engine in process. I have a relatively clean engine in flat black with bronze bolts that looks heavier and more solid. I have more bolts to detail, but I'm calling it a night. I rusted one part that might not have rusted this quickly in a newer vehicle, but we'll call it artistic license. Once I'm further along, the whole assembly will receive washes and such to tone down the shiny newness. I want a recent vehicle with a little bit of road experience.
Half of page one done!