Here the undercarriage framework is installed. I’ve weighted the axles to ensure when dry the units are square to the boom. Naturally, this process firms-up the fronts of the booms. Each side has four inter-fitting frames. I installed the two more structural sections first and followed-on with the remaining support sections.The fit was good, with only about 1mm adjustment which was probably just a little primer/paint at the ends.
And here everything’s ready for the two pairs of wheels to be installed.
The rear section of the tailplane is installed, after a few of the more delicate rigging points are set, as the area is difficult to get to afterwards. Oddly, the attachment to the forward plane is a butt edge with no tab, but it works, with a little TLC.
The four rudders are in place. They’ve also been pre-drilled for through-rigging lines. There are bracing sections that link between the rudders for stability, but I needed to get the decals in place first so that nothing gets in the way afterwards.
I’ve applied the decals, which are the French national colour bands on the external faces of the outermost rudders, with serials on the inner faces of these same units. I’ve just applied softening solution here, so they haven’t quite “drawn-in” yet.
There are still a dozen or so rigging eyelets to fit in the area, and then everything will be ready to rig. There’s nearly as much rigging around the booms and the tail planes as in the main aircraft.