So finally decided to build #102 which conveniently enough is also at Udvar Hazy so will head over there at some point to check it out.
Making fairly quick progress and am happy with how the cockpit turned out. Had a minor misstep, will get to that in a minute.
Amazing detail in 1/48 scale so have to figure out how much to pull out as the references are not quite as extensive as with other aircraft, so you just can go where your whims take you for the most part. This will be a pretty 'clean' build.
The cockpit is pretty well rendered in plastic, and pretty easily detailed with a toothpick. The canopy can be positioned open so pretty much everything can be seen, and a seated pilot figure is also included. Still thinking about whether to add the pilot or not. If not, will add the seatbelts. Amazing that the cockpit colors call for gloss black...
The instrument panel really does call out for an Eduard or Yahu IP, but a pretty nice panel can be done with just using the decal, but you need to be careful on placement (which I clearly was not!).
After placing the decal, it snuggled down very nicely with MicroSol, and a bit of pushing down with a square paint brush. After it was down, I did a flat coat.
Then I picked out the instruments with a dot of gloss to simulate glass, as well as some color for switches and various warning lights.
Remembered something from building the Tamiya 1/32 Mustang - if something is not fitting right, you probably did something wrong...
This is where I see that the IP should not be on TOP of that horizontal bar, but in fact attached to it... That became apparent when I closed up the fuselage.. OOPS!
Quick pry apart and some reattachment and things are much better now... was tempted for a brief moment to wire the back of the IP.
I like the Vallejo paint dropper bottles for detailing I will just put a drop on a palette and go from there. For bottled paints I tend to do detail painting from the paint lids which works well too. The big splotch of RLM 02 came from a clogged nozzle. At least it didn't explode all over everything.
The kit comes with a custom-fitted nose weight so this will definitely NOT be a tail-sitter.
It is very quick build when you don't have to do anything with the two engines (there are only the exhausts on the 1/48 scale kit), unlike in the HK kit where the engines apparently have 35 parts each.
Should get the fuselage closed up here tonight. Need to dip the canopy parts in Future tonight.
Edited by CANicoll, 28 January 2018 - 11:45 PM.