Wolf Buddee Posted October 11, 2015 Share Posted October 11, 2015 My first scratch to relieve the itch to get started on this incredible kit. My favourite part of any aircraft build is the cockpit so I decided to start with the Instrument panel. The first thing I did was to add Archer Fine Transfer rivet decals to represent the fasteners that secured the instruments to the various panels. Amazingly enough they show nicely through the thin coat of paint, They add a nice extra touch of detail to the relatively featureless PE instrument panels. The next modification was to sand off all the raised instrument lens details on the kit clear parts. I wanted to replace the instrument glass with clear acetate that's supplied with Airscale's instrument decals. I still felt there was too much of a "coke bottle" effect when built OOB. Using the thin acetate really makes the instrument decals far more visible. Tamiya's instrument decals are very detailed but some have odd colour combinations so I replaced certain ones with Airscale instruments. The combination looks much better to me when compared with my reference material. The webbing between the bomb release, landing gear release and flap control levers was cleaned out with a razor saw and the levers themselves were thinned down substantially to give them a more scale appearance. Most of the data stencils came from Airscale's placard decals but most were cut in to tiny pieces and cobbled together to get the look I wanted. Other pieces came from bits of 1/48 scale F-4 Phantom data stencil decals from Superscale. I've been using these for years until dedicated placard decals have come out. Hopefully the accompanying photos and text tell "The rest of the story". Sorry Paul Harvey.............. Cheers, Wolf Urs, Ripaman, sax003 and 11 others 14 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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