The results are in: Fig. 1: first attempt, cold shell, ceramic blanket, 780F pour Fig 2: second attempt, pre-heated shell to casting temperature, 780 F Both casting attempts on video: ...and that's it. The quality is good enough for me, since it will be primed and painted, so any minor co-planar defects can be easily filled and re-polished as long as they don't occur on edges or complex geometry. Thanks for the incredible amount of support here! I am working on my first metal casting article for UltraVest and will probably publish that after my project is done. Then I can start on the second article describing shell casting.