Re: help the n00b
I think there's a lot of plastic out there that is actually fixable. I've repaired some significantly cracked pieces of my VFR, and last week I fixed a top case ("trunk") from my neighbor's Harley, on which he dropped a ladder. He had pretty much written it off, and was searching on ebay for a $400 replacement. I asked him to give me a shot at it. I fiberglassed it, sanded, filled with flexible glaze putty, primed, sanded some more, and used my airbrush to blend in some Harley touch up paint that comes in those fingernail type bottles. Total material cost - $25.00 tops, though I did use the school's paint booth. It was a small enough repair to have done in the garage, though.
Post some pictures, maybe I can talk you through it.