Black to back

Annoyingly after varnishing the gnat I noticed one of the wingtips had not glued properly.

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Fixing the issue led to some damage of the paintwork

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So, after dressing with a fine sandstick and a fresh coat of light grey. I can continue with the work I had planned.

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The anti glare strip is masked off

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And sprayed matt black

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A very neat job, if I say so myself.

Bucky decoration

For the Buccaneer, at least, it’s time to start decalling.

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Starting with those shown on the main colour scheme. So that’s roundels and registrations underneath (I love that sky blue)

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And roundels and do not walk stripes topsides.

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Add in more roundels and squadron markings on the sides.

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(But no fin flash, ’cause it’s a navy jet) I’ll let these set safe before any further handling.

Albeit I have snuck in the markings on the Airbrake.

Bits and pieces

Now all the paint on the Gnat is dry enough to handle, and before I start adding gloss coats

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The additional fuel tanks are added

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As well as the tail planes.

Bucky Brakes

A bit of assembly whilst the other painting is drying.

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The Airbrake assembly on the Buccaneer

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The hinge section is built up first.

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But, to my surprise had to be dis-assembled as the cones were a very tight fit and the whole thing not working at all. Quite a shock given the quality of the engineering thus far.

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Turns out I had mistakenly fitted the cones to the wrong sides of the hinges. Should have been obvious, given the detail is only moulded on one side of the hinge. When done that way everything fits a treat!

Bits and painting

While I am waiting for paint on the main models to dry I’ll take a slight diversion and get some paint on a few other bits and pieces.

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The wheels have the first coat of tyre black. Hand painted because I simply don’t have a suitable sized cutter to mask off the hubs unusually.

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Pitots and refuelling probes get their metal bits painted.

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And some last minute masking, having looked at the colour scheme, having realised I have some tan bits to be done

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and here is the painted canopy in the rough

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and after some tidying work with a wooden toothpick to neaten the edges

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and the radome panel looks good too

Red, White and Grey Gnat

Now the red has cured enough to handle

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The masking is removed

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Revealing the colour scheme in all its glory

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Mustn’t forget to remove the wheel bay covers on this one!

Red Gnat

The white has cured out

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And the bits that will be staying white are masked

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And the red gets sprayed

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Top and bottom

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