Maciej Bellos After some elementary work on the cockpit and more work on the seat (belts and some decals), I managed to close the fuselage with upper wings already attached on the fuselage halves. With this approach I managed to minimise the wing-fuselage gap. Some elbow grease now in order to fix the fuselage join.
Maciej Bellos My modelling skills are not that good to depict a broken canopy, a pilot with arms flailing in the wind and a parachute tangled on the tail. So let's say it will look like before taking off for that specific flight. Or maybe at the moment the seat ejects, which should be much easier. I might push this project up the queue and do a dual build with a Marine EA-6A, since both are Italeri kits with the same camouflage, but different squadrons and eras (nearly 20 years apart).
Thank you for your interest Hans and I'll keep you posted!
Łukasz Gliński Awesome job, cool subject and nice details on top of it all (I like the exhausts and lamps)
15. May, 18:26
Maciej Bellos Thank you Łukasz for your kind words! The lights are cool, but I think the exhausts are cooler (and were a bit more difficult to do). There is also an antenna made from really thin naylon thread (pic 59).
15. May, 20:01
Łukasz Gliński You are absolutely right, the antenna is impressive, for me in particular. It's so thin I couldn't spot it
15. May, 20:24
Maciej Bellos The antenna went on quite easily. In fact, if it wasn't for my clumsiness while cutting the excess thread that ripped it off, I would have succeeded on the first attempt.
Maciej Bellos Didn't think of 60. Thanks! 14 is my pick too for the blue.
24. March, 18:04
Łukasz Gliński Classic numbers, I know them by heart. You're welcome as always
24. March, 18:19
Maciej Bellos Went through my stash. Got Revell's 32152 which might be too blue for a french blue. Humbrol 25 has a hint of purple which could be ok. I'll see if I can get my hands on a tin of Humbrol 14.
As for the reds, I have Humbrol 19 (too red), Humbrol 60 (a faint hint of orange there-kinda matches the overcast photo) and Humbrol 174 (rather dark). I'll make some paint chips to check them all out, or even better I'll paint pieces of paper cut in the shape of the tail.
24. March, 20:44
Łukasz Gliński Consider also the varnish, which usually darkens the colour a bit.