While letting the landing gear set. It was a good time to apply the few decals that are on the Jag. Most of the stencils were over sprayed when the Desert Pink was applied for the theater of operations in the desert. Just national roundels and the serials as well as some important stencils around the nose. Not much in unit markings, other than the clever nose art that were applied in the field. Model Alliance Decal sheet will provide the markings.
As usual I first applied the national markings. The roundels were pink and blue and were applied on the RH wing upper and LH wing lower.
And each side of the nose. Lady Brittania was applied on the avionics door compartment.
Mission marks were commonly applied ahead of the LH intake. And that was basically it for the Jag in Operation Granby. It took about a couple of hours to apply all the decals, using the microscale system. Micro Set, Micro Sol. The decals went down smoothly. I didn’t show much of the airframe, as I try to withhold the overall finish when it’s time to introduce it when it is completed.
Next to complete the main gear assembly.
And then attached them to the axles. Now the tedious process of installing each wheel assy onto the strut, align and set in place again checking alignment
Thankfully the attachment point was solid and looks like it will withstand the weight of the model overtime. Unlike the Trumpeter Mig-23, already repaired a very fragile main gear.
What also helps will be 3 actuators that will help carry the load with one here about ready to be installed.
Finally both mains completed with all the actuators installed, alignment looks good at this angle. Now to let it sit overnight to let the cement set.
Next up complete the wheels and install the final bits. more to follow.
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