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Today's update involves a couple of painting sessions.

 

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The tape is along the mating surface - it saves scraping later.

 

On balance, and bearing in mind my experience of the Eduard 1/48 kit, I decided to fit the tailwheel leg while I could still get at the locating hole.  This saves trying to fit it "blind" later.  I just need to be careful not to knock it off.

 

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And a few more bits done.

 

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I can get on with some assembly and detail painting next time.  Still to do: paint the backpad and harness on the Barracuda seat.

 

 

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A little bit more painting.  The IP is done, and I decided to go with the kit part for the centre console.  A little bit of painting, and a decal from the kit - yet to be added - and it won't look too bad.

 

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Time to fit the equipment rack on the fuel tank, and it all looks simple: fit the three pins on the rack into the three holes on the fuel tank.

 

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Errrm - how many holes?

 

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[Edit: I should have  checked more carefully, it seems there is a "blind" hole the other side.  Guess I missed it somehow - senior moment!

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And there I'm going to have to pause it: just got a commission of a Valiant for a magazine on a short deadline.  Who said 1/72 was small? That thing is huge!

 

But the Comet will be back asap. Thanks for staying with me so far.

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It´s looking good! I have two Tamiya in the stash - and one WIP (painting stage) - yet still tempted to get one of these for a cheap and quick (lol) build to hone some skills.. ;) So nice to see! I´ll learn from this..

 

If needed, I can get you one of my Tamiya canopies (minus windscreen..).

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3 minutes ago, Paramedic said:

It´s looking good! I have two Tamiya in the stash - and one WIP (painting stage) - yet still tempted to get one of these for a cheap and quick (lol) build to hone some skills.. ;) So nice to see! I´ll learn from this..

 

If needed, I can get you one of my Tamiya canopies (minus windscreen..).

Thank you for the kind words, and for the offer.  I do have a spare Tamiya canopy  though, but I do appreciate the thought.

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On 10/2/2021 at 5:05 PM, MikeC said:

And there I'm going to have to pause it: just got a commission of a Valiant for a magazine on a short deadline.  Who said 1/72 was small? That thing is huge!

 

But the Comet will be back asap. Thanks for staying with me so far.

 

Cockpit work looks great!! I really like the Barracuda seat with the backpack.

 

Don

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