Annoyingly after varnishing the gnat I noticed one of the wingtips had not glued properly.
Fixing the issue led to some damage of the paintwork
So, after dressing with a fine sandstick and a fresh coat of light grey. I can continue with the work I had planned.
The anti glare strip is masked off
And sprayed matt black
A very neat job, if I say so myself.
For the Buccaneer, at least, it’s time to start decalling.
Starting with those shown on the main colour scheme. So that’s roundels and registrations underneath (I love that sky blue)
And roundels and do not walk stripes topsides.
Add in more roundels and squadron markings on the sides.
(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.
A bit of assembly whilst the other painting is drying.
The Airbrake assembly on the Buccaneer
The hinge section is built up first.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Pitots and refuelling probes get their metal bits painted.
And some last minute masking, having looked at the colour scheme, having realised I have some tan bits to be done
and here is the painted canopy in the rough
and after some tidying work with a wooden toothpick to neaten the edges
and the radome panel looks good too
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