Welcome back, friends. More fun and more... other stuff.
Because the original kit is a G6, you have to swap to the N sprue to get the correct panel for the FuG 18 antenna mount. Note the clear part. I painted the backside of the clear part RLM 02. I will have to mask the other side, later.
Unlike the first wing, I ended up needing a shim and had a small gap. I will fill the small gap, later. I don't know if the shim would have been required with the original G6 panel. Notice the two positions of the leading-edge slats. They are meant to be assembled so they can be positioned open or closed. But if you position them closed, some sanding will be required as the slat doesn't exactly match the profile of the wing.
The upper side of the wings look serviceable.
The position of the LG legs is non-negotiable. They almost lock into place, becoming wobbly if not correctly placed. I used BMF on the oleos.
Added the engine. Just like the lg struts... fitment is non-negotiable.
Next come two center-line belly panels. Fitting them left a question as to whether one might be too far forward or too far back... I really don't like ambiguity.
Then the wings. Here is where it started to go belly up...
I snapped the next two pictures before I knew I was in trouble. Everything looks alright. But I will end up ripping the wings off to push them in a little further after removing internal parts.
This is the first kit I have ever built with separate wing root stubs. There are two sets for the front, and a single set for the dorsal. For the life of me, I could see no difference in the optional parts. When I added the forward wing root stubs, I could see that both wings were approximately 1/2 mm too far out. So, off came the wings... and it wasn't pretty as the glue had completely set.
After letting the new wing arrangement set overnight, I added the dorsal wing root and a couple of shims...
Trimming them down should be fun. Notice how prominent the forward fairings are at the wing leading edge. I don't think I can leave them like that.
And finally, here is a view of the bottom.
The small gaps I will fill with PPP. The larger gap, I will fill with black CA.
I'll use PPP on the front gap, and then 60% of it should be covered by the ETC rack.
Thanks for looking. Thoughts and comments appreciated.