I can’t resist
I decided to add the wash to the metallic engine covers and heat shields sooner than I thought. The top cover will not be attached to the model. Half will be plywood, half paint. The underside will be all natural metal and plywood. I still have to mask off the metal areas and lay down the primer and wood base. There are a lot steps involved! This piece alone has taken me almost 8 hours so far, and by the time I finish the model, I will have spent over 300 hours on it.