Yet more masking for the yellow leading edge strip, and while the yellow was in the airbrush a bit where the fuselage roundels will go, the reduce the chance of the white/black stripes showing through. Also did the prop tips. Most of it went alright:
but on the port wing the tape (Tamiya for curves) lifted the paint:
I should have made a better job of sanding that leading edge too.
Touch ups done, and she has legs! At least I thought the touch-ups were done until I looked at that photo! I've repainted the undercarriage bays in the correct undersurface colour. Still a few little PE sticky-out bits left to add, but I think I'll leave those until after decalling or they'll only get knocked off.
So, next step is a clear coat, then decals...
On to decals - 'undreds of stencils it seems! One wing finished, the other started - 26 decals already!
Shows up my terrible paintwork, and I hadn't noticed that wrinkle...
My eyes need a rest now though.
Paint job looks really nice. Lots of masking and it seems to have worked mostly fine - touch ups are par for the course. I have only ever built a couple of planes and the decals seem to go on for ever but do bring the whole thing to life. Turning out to be a cracker.
Phew! Finished the decals at last! Walkway lines were a struggle, but don't look too bad. Strange mistake by Eduard - according to the stencil instructions there should be one numbered 39 which says "ENGINE STARTER PLUG", but number 39 on the stencil sheet says "MAKE SURE COVER IS CLOSED BEFORE FLIGHT", and is too large to fit on the starter plug cover. Still, I'm sure the ground crew new where to plug in the starter, so I've just left it off. Don't tell anyone will you!
They can marinade overnight after a dose of Micro Sol, then tomorrow (after shopping duty) I can add the last few parts and repair the aerial, and give it another clear coat before some light weathering.
I'd used the closed cockpit canopies and door, fixed in place with Maskol to mask the cockpit, which will be open. I'd been a bit worried that some overspray might have got into the cockpit, but it looks OK:
The Eduard masks worked well too:
Needs a few touch-ups around the edges, but that can be done after I've fitted the door, and the canopies including the PE handle on the sliding canopy and the rear-view mirror. Then just the exhaust manifolds, pitot, and IFF aerial to be added, and the main aerial repaired.
The end is in sight!
On the home straight now, all the gluing finished, just a couple of touch-ups and some light weathering.
Shame the Sky codes don't match the Sky tail band...
I fixed the PE handle for the sliding part of the canopy with CA, and it's fogged a small patch, which is a bit disappointing at this stage, but I'm not too displeased with the overall result.
Will do some weathering tomorrow then try to take some better photos!