You see, I have this problem.
When I was an apprentice engineer I had a journeyman, Bobby, of the old school, a real pernickety old git.
When one of the older apprentices was asked by him if he had done something right , the app replied ' near enough!'
He was asked again 'is it right?' and gave the same answer!
Again he was asked. This time he replied 'yes it's right!'
'OK' says Bobby, 'that's near enough!@'
Kind of sticks with you, that kind of training.
As for the gauges
the faces are Bob Howell's appliques and following his instructions they really take very little time. I reckon start to finish including cleaning all the crud out of them, greasing the mechanism, spraying the white ( the appliques are black on clear)( I use a white acrylic primer which dries in seconds) and reassembling them took maybe two hours apiece. Once the adhesive holding the parts together cured it probably ttok another hour to mask up the faces, rub down the cowl and spray the black.
I had jumped the gun and removed the chrome rings, using the method that WF put a link to some time ago , prizing them off before I got Bob's instructions.
That's why they are now painted