One new project and one old in-progress project.
The biggest challenge was the lower half of the fuselage, which seemed to be slightly bent. The air intake housing did not fit well into the lower fuselage, and required a lot of patience to squeeze it and then glue it into place. Then the main landing gear housing fit was very tight. Above the main landing gear bay is the rear section of the air intake, which ideally would mate with the front half of the air intake. Shining a light into the air intake should reveal the compressor fan at the front of the engine. But, I had to cut away part of the air intake on the landing gear bay to make it work.
As you can see, I’ve pre-painted items that will be covered by the canopy or panels, and dirtied them up a bit with Vallio sepia wash. Adding the gear is the next step in construction, but I’ll probably wait until I’ve given the model it’s base coat and painted it before returning to interior details.
One of the biggest criticisms of this particular casting is the cockpit. The angle of the pilot seat is too far back, and the cockpit glare shield is apparently wrong (and not attached yet). The model allows you to display the Vulcan cannon and ammunition casing. After viewing some excellent close up shots of Dutch F-16s, I repainted some parts and added a bundle of cables coming out of the side of the gun, which I need to touch up again now.
The top and bottom of the fuselage did not want to mate and hold together, especially up front. I wound up using some superglue, which did the trick, but the seams are messy and will need some patient sanding to even out.
The old project is this P-61B Black Widow in 1/48 scale. This is also an Academy kit, which I purchased just before learning of the very popular Great Wall version of the P-61 in 1/48. I’ve got it painted and decaled, and now just need to finish off some of the details, like the propellers. I didn’t add enough weight in the nose, so I have a piece of clear plastic rod keeping it from falling back on its tail. The P-61 is one of the most iconic American plans of the war, and didn’t get into the fight until late. I think it’s a fascinating design.
That’s all for today. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, let me know!