Making more progress and also a big determination - there is no way in the world I'm going to be able to mask all of that canopy without an enormous amount of help. Help in the way of a set of Eduard masks for the kit. Can't wait till they get here! I should have thought of that weeks ago.
Anyway - got her on her wheels and bombs loaded and such. Here is the underside:
The bomb bay doors are just sitting there - the fit is pretty tight with the bombs in place so I may just leave it like that. I did not do all of the detailing and stencils on the bombs. Not really planning on turning it over that much to be honest.
Here is a better view of the two door landing gear. The Academy instructions actually have an error at this step. One side shows doing the long door first, then the short door, but the other side shows doing the short door (closer to the ground) first then the long one, which is actually the correct way. Almost got me. Definitely going to have to do some re-spray on the leading edges to get the blue much closer to the edge.
Here is the walk around as she sits:
I have a clear coat over it to help seal in the decals, which really did not like to adhere to the plane very well. The small stencils anyway. The many stencils mid wing are actually all one decal (each side) which I had of course a huge problem with slivering; not sure why they did that since there are so many other stencils but turned out ok with a good dose of Solvaset.
The engine cowling and prop are dry fitted and have not attached the exhausts or the antenna mast yet.
Still working on the P-39. Have a dull coat drying now, then putting on the various running lights and will be taking off the canopy masks too. Keep your fingers crossed for me!