Just a small update, I've been painting and polishing the bodywork which is time consuming.
This is an example of why I decided to remove the rivets on the gas tank. you can see the lines in the bottom of the tank which I didn't refinish as it won't be seen much. I assume the lines are from the 3d printed master. it would be nearly impossible to get a smooth finish without removing the rivets. the other piece, the lower side of the tank looked the same before refinishing. I would not have been happy with the result. it does create a ton of work though.
rivets and washers (in the background) ready for paint and primer. there are scale hardware RT12 rivets and RB motion #1252C washers. the washers come on a rubber backing that I think will make them easier to paint.
other painted bits.
all painted, I hope I can get those washers off the backing ok. we will see.