One of the smallest parts I've ever used on a 1/24 model: the buckles of the seatbelts. Unfortunately I took me three buckles to discover that the the pin that goes inside the buckle, needed to be bent to fix them. But you won't notice it once inside the plane.
The intakes and the first of the exhaust in place. It is not easy to get everything in place. The ignition wires sometimes prevent the proper fit of the intakes and exhausts. But by trial and error, they slip in place
And this is all there will be visible of the engine, once the plane is finished. This plane will be fully closed up, hiding most of the engine. But my second cat will be fully opened up, with wings folded so I used this first engine to find out what would likely cause problems in the build, and it was helpful!
And then suddenly there was a problem. For some reason the air-intake doesn't fit as it should, leaving a gap between the panels. It's only at the underside of the aircraft and if necessary, I can always remove the intake, as it won't be visible anymore.
A last glimpse of the engine of this cat. Since I want to build two different cats, this one will be almost fully covered up, while the British one will show everything. But it was nice to build this as complete as possible in order to learn from the mistakes I made
First decals applied. Makes her really look great. I discovered I made a stupid mistake. For the first time I used masks for the inside and the outside of the canopy. After painting, I removed the inside masks and yesterday I wanted to remove the outside masks, only to find out I never used them! Fortunately a bit of alcohol removed the paint and this time I made sure I used both sets of masks!