Steffen Arndt Well, the kit just has a more realistic stand when the wheels have a flat spot where they touch the surface ... in most cases it is not necessary to have bulged wheels
2. June 2019, 20:44
Steffen Arndt Over the past week I have added many small parts to the kit and I replaced the pitot with steel tubes from Albion Alloys for better strength. The I gave the whole thing a flat coat with Gunzes smooth flat stuff
8. June 2019, 15:37
Steffen Arndt Today I have de-masked the canopy and added some small parts like the belly gun, position lights, tail light and the open canopy parts. I have attached the antenna mast and painted it the light colour
9. June 2019, 14:17
Steffen Arndt Now it is getting a bit tedious adding all the small parts. I had to drill a hole for the red position light on top of the fuselage. This was a bit risky, but the clear part fit perfectly, though the glue washed away the silver on the backside. On the lower hull I needed to droll a hole for the crew step. The position light was glued on using Gators glue. Lastly the nose guns were attached.
I still need to mount a few fiddly parts as the gunsight and the PE Parts for the canopies
10. June 2019, 13:39
Steffen Arndt some of the last PE parts added. These give a nice touch to the gun and open canopy
10. June 2019, 17:21
Steffen Arndt on the last picture i noticed that i forgot to paint the frames from the sides, which i meanwhile did
10. June 2019, 21:01
Steffen Arndt Adding the final bits was most exhausting. The tiny auxiliary gun sight was twice on Eduards PE set. I lost both to the carpet monster but I was able to find one and rescue it from that villain. Had to search it again at least 3 times .. but finally I won that battle.
The antenna was a breeze in comparison. I drilled a hole into the fin and added a 0.02mm steel wire which was shaped with some more cyanacrylate. The wire itself is Uschi von der Rosten Rigging wire fine for the horizontal and stretched sprue for the vertical part. I added some gators glue on the front end of the wire painted silver to simulate a spring.