I started things out today by working on the wings and various other parts.
Here’s the main spar in place on the lower wing half.
and how it looks from the under side. This is what should be visible once the model is assembled.
The 30 MM cannons were built……….
as was the cannon bay portion of the nose. There’s a lot of details packed into this little area.
I then assembled the wheels and tires.
Once they were completed and the seam lines sanded down, I sprayed them in RLM 66. I opted to go with a smooth nose wheel tire instead of the one that had tread on it. Most of the early birds look like they have smooth tires.
While I was spraying RLM 66, I painted the section of the fuselage behind the pilot’s seat. This will go under the canopy. I painted the pilot’s armored head rest, but some research shows me that the early birds most often didn’t have this feature. So this part will go into the spares box for now.
The sides of the fuselage also received a little RLM 66. Once dried, I masked this area off. You’ll see why in a few.
The kit came with a supplied nose weight. I was curious to see how much this part actually weighed. Here’s the answer, 0.6 ounce. If you are building one of these and are missing the weight, this should be a good starting point to keep it from being a tail sitter………..
I flipped the part over and checked the measurement. This time I included the packing for the nose weight, so viewers can tell what the item is.
Now it was time to spray on the aluminum plate color. I used Model Master “Metalizer” Aluminum Plate as the color of choice.
This shows the underside of the cockpit tub.
The cannon bay nose has details that really pop now. I’m still debating on whether I should open the nose or not. It should look even better once a light oil wash is on………….
I sprayed the main spar and inside portions of the wing that will be visible…………
and the landing gear door insides received the same treatment.
Next up was the inside halves of the fuselage. there are a few small details that get painted now, and a wash will go on after that is done. If you look close, you will see the dark gray areas on each side of the cockpit side walls. This portion is visible from inside the cockpit. The remaining area is visible from the main gear well.
The nose gear doors were painted, as were various bits for the jet engines………….
Here’s a close up of the jet intake compressor blades, and the nose wheel mount……….
Lastly for tonight, here’s the intakes for each engine nacelle. These will eventually get some RLM 76 overspray on the leading edge lips.
I have more completed, but I’ll save that for tomorrow……….
Please stay tuned………..
and as ususal,
Comments are encouraged.
Here’s hoping that we all have a safe Holiday Weekend. Over here in the States, it’s what we call “Memorial Day”, and it’s set aside to remember the fallen men and women from our armed services.