Hmmm, previous test fitting showed no issues, but I couldn't get the front end closing nicely last night. Unfortunately some of the cockpit assemblies fell out. Modelling after 13 hours slog at work probably wasn't the best idea either
A bit of an alignment issue - Probably something I've done. Turns out if I had got the alignment the way I wanted it last night, the forward canopy wouldn't have fitted and neither would the coaming of the instrument panel.
Sacrificing a clean join here...
To allow a better fit here...
So, the cockpit is all back together and I'm currently gluing the fuselage together.
Got to give a quick commendation to KMNZ for pointing out this possible fit issue. Tips llike this are gold dust for builders, and if I ever get to my own Promodeller kit of this aircraft it's good to know this helpful topic is close at hand. Cheers.
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Wiring painted and instrument panel attached to the coaming. Quite a lot of wiring to route. I will also adjust how some of the wiring is positioned as some of it hangs down below the bottom of the IP in reference photos.
Good news... the IP and coaming are glued into place. Routing all that wiring was a bit of a hassle. The IP separated from the coaming during the first attempt.
Quite a few fit issues. Had to carve and shape the top instruments on the radio stack to get the roof over them. Placed a shimmy on the port side, because if I closed that gap, that section would sit below the spine. Will be an easy fill.
At this stage, I am a little nervous about how the glass sections are going to fit.
Just the nose section and turrets to mask off now. Definitely worth masking off the insides too. Because with so much visible, you don't want to be seeing glossy looking frames in the interior. Montex Masks make it so easy!
Back home after a short beach break. First task assembly of the Master MG 15 barrels. Rather fiddly folding and bending the curves on the sight mounts, but a massive step up in detail compared to the kit representations.