Okay did some more work on the hull after getting back from traveling for business and then shoveling even more snow.
I had to rework the suspension as you can see in the pictures also replaced the kits stowage doors with some more metal added in some of the kit PE and a couple of minor tweaks here and there still have a few more items to finish up this week and then time to add the color.
Jeff, Leon, Luigi thank you for the kind words friends.
I had to scratchbuild the sand channels because the kit parts snapped apart after the first bend even though I annealed them first. They came out okay except I'm not happy that the bends are not as sharp a corner as I'd like to see, oh well better next time.