The main undercarriage bays are now glued together, just a few parts left to add and they're ready to install.
The cockpit is slowly coming together too.
Airbrush a base coat of white before spraying the blue/green mix!
If you don't, the resulting colour will be slightly too dark. With the white base coat it matches the intensity of the painted photo etch parts very well.
A slight problem was encountered handling the photo etched parts.
No.2 points to where the paint on the photo etch part came off during assembly. I managed to find the two tiny pieces and will 'glue' them back on with flat varnish once everything else in the cockpit is done.
No.1 points to where, during the glueing process, the capillary action of the glue flowed in between my finger and the cockpit part! Luckily the ejection seat hides it. :/
No.3 points to an area of the port side panel that I'm not sure what to do with? Should it be bent down? The instructions are a bit vague on this. (No.2 below)
No.1 points to a very slight gap between the photo etch part and the fuselage. I'm not going to try and 'fix' it as its not that big a deal.
Remember to paint the section highlighted by the red rectangle in the undercarriage bay colour before glueing the fuselage together! Same with the outside edge of the front undercarriage bay.
The arrow here points to slightly protruding ejector pin mark that needs to be dealt with before painting and gluing the fuselage halves.