One annoying thing of this kit is that it comes with the instructions for Big Hog, an F4U-1A I made a couple years ago (wow, time flies). Unfortunately the instructions keep pointing out minor things I've missed with that build that are so obvious now it's been shown, such as the cowl flaps going around the entire circumference of the engine and the missing part of the tail that plane has, oh well!
I've built too many of these are this point, honestly after the Aires resin one where I tried to go super detailed due to the plan of having it visible I wasn't too excited to put this one together but in the end it went together well as expected.
It could do with some touch ups, a little bit of filler to remove the line in the middle of the cylinders, but this engine isn't likely to be visible (you don't need to glue the engine panels on according to the instructions, but I'm planning to display it closed).
Regardless it's come out quite well, and the colour used for the casing (Neutral Grey) seems appropriate to the real thing. Some brass wire could be added as a final enhancement of detail, which will be worth doing as the front of the engine will be naturally visible.
Some little bits on the engine need some work, a little bit of touch ups with brush including that random yellow stripe, but I'll do this after the wires are done. Exhausts were painted in a 'Exhaust Black', with bronze sprayed over the top primarily at the bends. This is fine for the very hard to see parts inside the engine that will only be visible through the opened cowl flaps, but the exhaust stacks themselves will be repainted by brush after the main paint is applied.
The inside of the cowling also needs to be painted, for this aircraft we can clearly see that it is a light grey/white, with the access panels being green. I'll do a bit more further research where possible and try and find some more photos of KD431, but I'll likely go with a zinc chromite here as it matches the interior of the aircraft aft of the engine. For purposes of the build the model will be painted with the engine/cowl seperate then will be glued later, unsprisingly the test fit shows the engine goes on with no issues.
1. Cowl interior is light grey/white, it's hard to discern what the access panels are as I've heard it *should* be zinc chromite, but that does look more like interior green in this lighting.
1. Again hard to see what the colour of the cowl flaps are in this picture, but in others it is much more obviously the light grey/white just covered in grime