Time to apply the decals
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…
…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.
This stencilling has been continued along the sides, along with tail markings adapted from an AMP H03S helicopter kit.
all placings were defined by what looks right, rather than any reference
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
Now the TSR2 is ready for painting
a coat of grey primer first
followed by an overall coat of light grey
and then some fairly serious masking
before the upper colour of Blue/Grey is sprayed
With the masking removed I am happy with the overall effect, especially the upper wing
and the demarcation lines are all good
The masked canopies are glued in place, and have highlighted a moulding error
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
underneath the apertures have been filled with foam
and the nozzles of the rocket boosters masked with tape
the nose cone has had the rocket ports painted black
and the jet pipes are assembled into the rear fuselage moulding
and the main undercarriage legs have been adapted with further wheel studs on the inside. spare sprue inserted into drilled holes
Meanwhile getting back to the TSR.2
The jet outlets have been detailed
And then detailed some more
And look really good in the tailpipes
The canopies need to be masked
This is a different framing to the original kit. Aided by the fact that the moulded frame lines are virtually non-existent
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.
On the WAAF/RAF Interceptor…
The undercarriage and doors go on
As well as the obligatory jet pipe
And an even beefier cannon
Final assembly on the spectrum Gnat
Also includes the jet pipe
As well as some under wing missiles
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