Motivated by my own review of the Tamiya Tom, a bit more prepainting, in this case the dive brake wells in MM Insignia Red also painting the Dive brake inners doors as well. One thing I didn’t mention is this nice detail in posing the dive brakes open or closed. The Tam kit does not feature this option.
Next was to paint the leading edge Vallejo aluminum on the leading edges of the wings. The wings are done. Will decal them on a future date.
Finally to get started in on the cockpit.
The tub is one piece and bare. Hasegawa will have you add the various side consoles and instrument panels. The is a good approach as it allows easier detail painting on each of the consoles and panels. Carefully add each part. This is crucial as there is a fit issue on this as read from several reviews in regard to this part of the build. So lots of test fitting along the way.
1. Bare cockpit tub
2. Known fit issue for this kit
Starting with the RIO’s (rear cockpit section) I paint and add one PE bit and attach the LH rear console panel. Making sure the console is flush with the inner side of the cockpit tub. Other wise it will interfere when mounting it into the fuselage half.
1. you want to make sure this edge is flushed with the cockpit tub inner side.
Next the RH front console. Is trimmed, painted and attached. Also an Eduard PE panel as well.
The rudder pedals are removed trimmed and attached to the cockpit floor.
Next the rear pedals are attached.
Tamiya Clear Green is applied to the various screens on the Eduards clear film.
Next is to attach the LH front consoles.
1. LH front consoles are attached.
The first screen that is on the RH side of the Rios compartment is trimmed and ready to be attached into its space on the cockpit tub.
1. Rios screen trimmed and ready to be attached
1. installed on the RH side console
Then the RH side rear console is installed.
1. Highlighted with silver and Lt grey pencil
Next the very prominent bus fuse panels located on both rear panels just on either side of the seat in the Rios compartment.
The center bulkhead panel that separates the front and rear compartments is trimmed and attached to the cockpit tub.
The Rios center console is trimmed and attached.
The Rios Joy stick has lots of flash to clean up, after it’s removal from the sprue tree. Then attach it to the Rios center console right after also attaching a PE console then the joy stick.
1. Flash needs to cleaned up[
Next up building the rear instrument panels and completing the cockpit portion of the build.
More to follow