After a lot of tedious work and varying small procedures, the new steps are installed. Despite the extra effort involved, I now see that it's worth removing the factory steps rather than simply gluing these new ones over top. Love the see-through effect. Made a big difference to this model.
Ever-important view from underneath that some modellers omit when sharing photos for some reason. A few tiny bits of paint came off the new parts during installation -- these are easy to touch up later after the glue dries. Note the .015-.020 mounting brackets leftover from the old steps.
Here you can also see the piece of .005 styrene I used to replace the unprototypical factory half-cylinder on the rear pilot.
Now multiply that by the additional time and fuss required to do this by airbrush.
I use brush, rattle can and airbrush moving back and forth. I think a lot of airbrush fuss kinda depends on how the whole airbrush thing is set up. My compressor lives to the left of my work table. Air lines and all the apparatus is at the right - right handed. After you first posted the back yard thing I actually had a rattle can need. A loop of tape, a bit of board, and a quick trip outback. Done. Yes, quick. But, to use my airbrush I need to pick it up, run a couple of drops of cleaner through followed by paint. When I'm done, I flush it with water, run a bit of cleaner and wipe it down. It's ready for the next time. I never left my chair. Yes, I do need to occasionally pull the needle and that is always at the worst time. Just as I occasionally need to sharpen my knife blade, also at the worst time.
I recognize that everyone has different circumstances and habits and preferences. In other words, YMMV
^ They worked well for that application. I think the wire ones are best reserved for roofs and use the etched ones where they're not as visible. Thanks for reminding me about those flat etchings. I always forget I have a bunch of them in my parts box.