My least favourite part of building jet kits is now complete – airbrushing the white undercarriage legs . All decals, except for the underwing pylons is now complete. I removed the incorrect decals mentioned earlier with white spirits and a polish with a microfine sanding pad to remove any remaining decal film and applied the replacements.
Decals now applied to everything except for the drop tanks. They still need a bit more airbrush work and a gloss coat. Decals have conformed nicely over the kit details. The outer wing decals behave after several dousings with Mr Mark Softer and Setter solutions.
Got a lot done over the weekend, considering the housework I needed to get out of the way. Mixed up an enamel wash and applied it to the gear legs, painted the nose wheel (what were Trumpeter thinking when they molded the wheel with the leg???), finished painting and decalling the drop tanks, modifying the parachute flap as the kit one is incorrect. I also airbrushed the exhaust with Mr Metal Stainless – love that stuff.
I have had some interest in my decals, as far aways as Laguna Beach, California
She's coming together fast now. I finished painting up a whole lot of the smaller parts last night – nose wheel, refuelling probe, tail hook, gear doors, flare bays, airbrake actuators, exhaust weathering, etc etc. Nice to have some relaxing time at the bench now that all of the decals are sorted.
I'm already thinking which kit to start next – Tamiya 1/32 F-16, Spitfire Mk.XVI, Mossie... or maybe I'll order another Trumpeter Skyhawk or the P-47 Razorback... decisions, decisions
Looking like it might be the F-16 next since I'm in a jet fighter mood right now (still need to paint up the F/A-18 too).
I'm hoping to knock the Skyhawk on the head this weekend. Basically just need to gloss the decals, apply the panel line wash, finish painting up the ejection seat which I started detail painting last night, apply a matte coat and finish final assembly... No rush though... how many months have I already spent on this 'quick' build?
One small tweak you might like to make, given the amount of effort you've already put in to this build, is to remove the small bumps on top of the underwing pylon sway braces. Unlike most aircraft where the pads have a thread that can be screwed on to the store, the A-4 had screws inside the pylon fairings that adjusted the travel of the sway brace. Every Skyhawk kit manufacturer seems to think they had traditional pads and moulds the screw thread protruding from the top.