If anyone is following this.....
Here are my efforts so far. The new cockpit tub is in place for a trial fitting. Still to go is adding throttles, and the areas just under the front instrument panels where the side panels slope up to meet it. Also I need to try to duplicate some of the detail on the bulkheads behind the seats. Then paint it all, add all the PE goodies, (The partially completed front instrument panel is standing up in front!
The gray slag heap to the right is what I am trying to duplicate. My camera is not so good, so you can't really see the rounded, dissolved overall appearance, the entire surface covered with cracks, and the fact that it actually cracked into 3 separate pieces that I cemented together in an attempt to save it. I tried painting it and even the paint seemed to react with the now soft plastic, causing further cracking.
I don't know if Testors changed the formula of the EZ-lift off when they acquired Floquil/Pollyscale as I never had this happen before. The bottle I had for 20 years finally ran out and I had to purchase a new one now put out by Testors as the previous one was manufactured by the original company.
I now swear by Simple Green, which even safely stripped paint from clear canopy parts for me on my Phantom without damage. It just works a whole lot slower, but then slow and safe is better than fast and OMG! I JUST MELTED MY FREAKIN' AIRPLANE!!!!! Even the other cockpit parts from this kit were stripped with the Simple Green and came out fine!