Before applying any decals the model was polished. The metallic finish is a bit rougher than a gloss would be. I wanted to be sure there wouldn't be any silvering of the decals.
Except for the length of the side strakes, all the fins were the same ones used in the old Quest X-15 kit.
Look close at the USAF in this bottom view picture. There's a little silvering of the decal. It looks like the decal didn't adhere around the "A". Oh well!