And the decals

Time to apply the decals

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On the underside I have gone with the theme of the Angel interceptor and kept this very simple. Just a couple of spectrum roundels (Spares from the two interceptor kits) You will also note that I have added the rear fuselage assembly now…

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…as well as the nose cone and a mixture of decals, some more spares from the interceptor sheets, and some light blue stencilling that, I think, comes from the Airfix Valiant.

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This stencilling has been continued along the sides, along with tail markings adapted from an AMP H03S helicopter kit.

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all placings were defined by what looks right, rather than any reference

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Finally after a couple of light coats of satin varnish to seal in the decals, the masking around the canopies is removed. I am quite happy with the overall look

Captain Grey & Captain Blue

Now the TSR2 is ready for painting

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a coat of grey primer first

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followed by an overall coat of light grey

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and then some fairly serious masking

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before the upper colour of Blue/Grey is sprayed

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With the masking removed I am happy with the overall effect, especially the upper wing

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and the demarcation lines are all good

Front to basics

The masked canopies are glued in place, and have highlighted a moulding error

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the fuselage between the front and rear is short shot leading to a noticeable step which has been addressed with some squadron green smoothed to match the canopy profiles

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underneath the apertures have been filled with foam

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and the nozzles of the rocket boosters masked with tape

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the nose cone has had the rocket ports painted black

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and the jet pipes are assembled into the rear fuselage moulding

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and the main undercarriage legs have been adapted with further wheel studs on the inside. spare sprue inserted into drilled holes

Back to basics

Meanwhile getting back to the TSR.2

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The jet outlets have been detailed

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And then detailed some more

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And look really good in the tailpipes

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The canopies need to be masked

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This is a different framing to the original kit. Aided by the fact that the moulded frame lines are virtually non-existent

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Fitting them to the fuselage however highlights a large step between the opening sections and the fuselage structure between them. I will deal with this tomorrow once the canopy glue has set.

Interceptor on finals

On the WAAF/RAF Interceptor…

The undercarriage and doors go on

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As well as the obligatory jet pipe

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And an even beefier cannon

End of the gnat

Final assembly on the spectrum Gnat

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Also includes the jet pipe

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As well as some under wing missiles

Angels on final.

After some satin varnish to seal and blend in the decals we are at final assembly stage

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On the Angel Interceptor this means adding the jet pipe

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And a more detailed nose cannon from the spares box

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