The main body went together quick and painless. I decided to add some wiring to the radio for extra detail. I threaded wire through the fuselage's antenna hole and CA'd it in place, then clipped it at the top of the hole. Repeat for the second wire (not pictured), a bit of CA and putty to hold the loose ends in place, and there's a cool little bit of detailing that I can now add to my repertoire.
If you'll indulge me, here's my success story. A few years ago, I had some real airbrush trouble. Without going into the details of my hatred towards airbrushing, it got to the point where I didn't even want to build because it meant something to paint later on. In order to face my demons, I bought a hobby air compressor (quiet enough to use in the apartment, especially compared to my old shop-sized compressor). For those interested, it's the Master Airbrush TC-20T with G22 airbrush kit, sells altogether just over $100 on Amazon. Guys...I now look forward to painting models!!
Honestly I don't know what I'm doing different this time around, but now it's easy and enjoyable and looks SO much better than hand-painting the whole thing.
Preshading turned out good enough for a first attempt.
I'm opting for an open birdcage. All canopy parts glued into place (minus the port panel), then an unstretched piece of Parafilm was cut to size and carefully white-glued all around the canopy. I'm pretty sure it did its job keeping paint out...hopefully the glue won't be too hard to remove or cover over.
The top and bottom colors are done and sealed with Future.
Now for some suggestions regarding invasion stripes. Here's my diagram.
(Disclaimer: I did not receive any financial compensation from Epi Pro Colon, nor do I explicitly endorse them...the sticky pad was a giveaway at a medical conference
So my plan is to apply masks for the Q's and C/S, spray the whole section black, mask off the black stripes and spray white (should give the white stripes a more distressed/rushed look), then remove all masks and put on all the decals. I don't know why I'm particularly nervous about this part, but I guess I'm just looking for support to make sure I don't ruin my model so close to the end (like I've done before). So...that plan make sense or should I change everything?