And collected the pieces of the casing sent for powdercoating:
Here's a closer look at the quality of the powdercoat:
Had the powdercoating done with Spectra. I am quite pleased with the quality of the work done and the boss, Simon's a pretty friendly guy.
One thing good about Spectra is that they stay open till quite late, so it's easy to head down after work for collection.
Experimented with a few methods to protect the rivet head from scratches, when the rivet stem is extracted by the rivet gun, to finally arrive at this solution...
Using a washer!
Tried masking tape, scotch tape and cloth on the head of the rivet gun but they all don't last very long.
The washer doesn't seem to last more than 3 rivet shots before breaking, but at least it achieves the effect I need.
Alternatively, I used a metal washer (those tamiya car metal washers have just the right apeture size) with several layers of masking tape wrapped around and that kinda worked too. I guess what would be better would be to super glue the plastic washer on the metal one to prevent breakage.
Casing riveted back together:
With top panel on:
With side panels on:
Just need to finish up the spray painting of the bezel on the front panel... ran out of white paint...
Bought some 2000 grit sandpaper to sand down any uneveness in the paintwork..
This is really good for correcting mistakes!!! Especially when used with water