Started the Val tonight! The cockpit is really good, as Chuck @uscusn pointed out (see pic below) with a lot of detail molded and many bits and pieces to be glued at. Really lovely and busy looking. To be honest, I browsed a bit at the net and found some pics and schematics of the Val cockpit….Well it is REALLY busy and a super detailer could do millions of things in there. However, the Hasegawa offering is absolutely acceptable, looking the part. About the internal colour, after some surfing too, I decided to go for the proposed as per instructions greenyellow “interior green”. Humbrol 226 seems a good match (please see the pic below) -Any suggestions are, as always, mostly welcome here…..
Glued the spats and wheels (nicely bulged), assembled the three piece cowling (take your time here to have it reasonably aligned as not to lose a lot of detail sanding it), the propeller (good details) and glued the crankcase to the one piece engine. The front part of the engine looks great, but the back cylinder row is very shallow (you get only their faces, ending at an ungainly backplate that you should paint flat black so as to not see….I don’t know how much this “simplification” will show, but the detail of the rest of the kit is such that Hasegawa could offer a complete “proper”engine.
I’m glad you like my younger son’s pics, Chuck. He shows a lot of interest to our hobby and I think – and hope! – he’ll become a modeler too! The idea of assembling a snap fit HobbyBoss WWII single engine fighter swivels in my mind…Thanks for the kind words, @uscusn!
3 attached images. Click to enlarge.