Just a brief update on my TARS build.
I’ve finished adding panel lines using dry transfer decals. These were the only thin black lines I could find in decal form, I would have much preferred waterslide decals. I do not recommend ever using dry transfers if you want accuracy. Not being able to see exactly where you are laying down the decal is the biggest issue. That said I think it worked to give the model the appearance of panel lines.
Once the decal application was finished I sprayed it over with a high gloss clear coat. The movie TARS has a near mirror finish. This is just about impossible to recreate with paint, at least to my knowledge and ability. But I wanted to achieve something close to a reflective surface and the high gloss was the route I took.
The final steps will be to cut the display screen squares and apply some weathering. The final update will include those final steps and be in the form of a long form webpage. It will include everything in the blog posts plus new material. Stay tuned!