Well, here goes, my first public grown-up build. Having aired my demons in a previous post, I'm going to try to document my learning experience by starting a build thread. Hopefully I can stay motivated and get some feedback as I progress. Pay no attention to the parts of other kits floating around on my bench in this shot - I've been jumping around lately building things and not doing much past basic paintwork.
So, having never weathered anything (unless I can count lighting on fire as weathering), I present one Merlin engine as an exercise in light and shadow, which to me now looks a lot more like a hunk of used iron than a chunk of new plastic. Further detail painting will come as well as a semi-gloss varnish, and I may add some additional plumbing. Or I may not, since I tend to come off the rails and wander off into detail hell. I will be using HGW harnesses and Master gun barrels, otherwise pretty much OOB. Undecided on decals.
There's also a bit of cockpit visible, where I'm playing with chipping. So far I'm quite pleased with how it's going. I can also see that I'm going to have to dig out my digital camera. Phone isn't cutting it.