Thank you, thank you, thank you Mike, Thomas, Murad & last but far from least Spanjaard.
That is an interesting idea Thomas, but I'm going anywhere near this kit again. Now that the pain has stopped, It was worth the effort as I learnt quit a lot and tried a couple of new techniques (such as the home-made paint masks, post shading & a tiny bit of rigging). But I can still see a couple of mistakes that are bugging me.
Spanjaard: Never before have I poured so much time and effort into something so small. I built the airfix 123 when I was a kid, which was almost certainly built and painted within a day. What would that kid think of me taking five months! Probably think "What a crap modeller, I can do that much quicker!".
At least now I can move on, the stash has grown a little, due to the hold-up, so no time to waste...
27. November at 08:27:04