Actually went together quite well my only moan would be that there wasn't much in the way of locating points when fitting the cockpit and the instructions are a little vague here and there,
the drop tank pylons were a case of studying photos to try to get something like the correct location and the other big problem with the kit was the canopy which is in three parts and when put together the whole thing is slightly to wide, so i had no choice but to fit it centrally
and start sanding and polishing afterwards the down side is that you loose a little of the bulged appearance of the forward canopy which is quite pronounced on the Skyknight.
After assembly on to my favourite part the painting and weathering, i decided on the China Lake weapons testing aircraft because i liked the red and white finnish, over the other options which were the standard 60's Marines/Navy finnish.
the painting starting with a bit of pre shading on with the white all over then the trouble started with the red bits firstly i used completely the wrong red/orange but thought ok i could live with it then because the pre-shading was now gone on the red parts i decided to try my hand at post shading BIG MISTAKE mixed a bit of darker red went on ok but just to to dark at this point i was gonna shelve the whole thing but was persuaded to persevere by my mate Dave Foxall from the 580 modellers, and after a few pointers i thought one more go and it was at this point i discovered i had a pot of Model Master International Orange which is the correct colour, so i re-masked the whole bloody thing again and tried to spray a lighter colour over a dark one i know what your thinking about that "Good Luck With That One Mate" but after i dont know how many coats i managed to get the colour more to my liking unfortunately i had filled most os the panel lines with paint to so they were only just discernible so i tried to re-scribe some of the lines back in with only mixed success,
i had also messed up the white here and there what with re-masking and over handling so i touched up here and there, but as is my usual shortfall where modelling is concerned (impatiens) i didn't leave the Tamiya white Gloss long enough completely dry here comes Finger Print number one! this proved to be the first of many School Boy Errors you know the ones where you advise everyone else about but completely ignore yourself or the times when know as your doing something you have told yourself dont touch it there or be careful of the pitot tube that you have just re-glued for the fourth time in truth i spent more time trying to put things right after god knows how many little Faux Pas but eventually i finished it, its by no means a show quality model and to be honest if you picked it up and looked at the underside you would see one or two finger prints and scuffs where to be honest i couldn't be bothered to put right its one for the display cabinet unless Mr Foxall from the 580 Modellers can persuade me to pop it on the show Table at our next show.
Any way hope you like it (the top side at least)
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