Finally I’ve actually got something done! I’ve started assembling the parts for the cockpit and then I’ve painted it all black.
Not much additional painting needed. The seat cushions will be khaki and the I’ll pick out some details and dry brush the entire cockpit. I just realised that I forgot to paint the inside of the fuselage black.
If I am to believe the instructions, it’s only the Gulf war version who has those “danger” markings on the sides of the head rest. Have to check! Anyway, the seats can go in later and the cockpit was fitted into the front fuselage halves and glued in place.
A bit fiddly and I had to glue one bit at a time. For some reason there’s a gap between the front panel and coaming. Have to carefully fill it with plastic or putty. Hard to sand where it’s already painted.
I’ll sand and check all seams, and use putty where needed.
The wings have gears and turnable pylons, but as it is now the pylons can turn any direction, and really don’t sit very tight.
On the 1/48 kit there’s a mechanism to turn both pylons at the same time. I wonder why they didn’t do that on this one? Maybe they thought of it afterwards.