So aside from the two Zero's we threw together at Hendon back in Feb, this is the first plane I have built in what must be 35+ years - so needless to say we learnt quite a few lessons along the way. This is apparently the new(ish) tooled Airfix kit BTW.
It's very fair to say that Junior found the initial build process tedious - having a cockpit and pilot added a level of complexity and detail he's not used to. I therefore did most of the interior cockpit work myself - to what I think is fair to say is a very average standard at best.
Junior though did do a big chunk of the assembling, painting and decals. He also insisted on a nice clean paint job, hence the lack of darkened panel lines. The main paint job was done before the airbrush arrived so it's not the best.
So what did we learn:
I need to get better at filling as the top of the 'engine cover' did not line up very well - you can still see the seam in the pics....
I had forgotten how badly poly glue messes up canopy plastic - but thanks to some advice I know what to do next time.
I now know Humbrol's stated green paint H30 (or the Vallejo equivalent is wrong) - I have that sorted going forward though.
The camo grey (Vallejo's equivalent according to every comparison chart and site) also looks a bit too dark compared to most other builds I've seen - but I have a cunning plan
If you're doing to do stripes - decal or painted - do them before you attach the rockets......
Humbrol's yellow decals on the leading wing edge split and so are missing. Junior decided he could do without them but they will be painted on next time.
So in short, an ok build after 35+ years but it's fair so say that by the end Junior just wanted it finished.
I also wanted to have another crack at doing a better job - so somehow another 1/72 Airfix Tiffy found it's way into my Amazon checkout recently!?!?!?
ACW as usual.
PS sorry if the pics are a bit blurry, they were taken in a rush.
He came....he saw....he played some battles and even won a few!!
"There is no such thing as a stupid question" - my junior school headmaster.