Small update this week, but it's mainly been sanding and tidying up ready for paint, so here it is.
The Revi gun sight was painted and added to the cockpit, before attaching the forward cockpit enclosure. All the canopy was masked using Tamiya tape, sharp knife and a steady hand. Whew!
The armour plating was provided by Hasegawa on photoetch. I pre-painted it on the fret before attempting to add it to the hood. Still the process wasn't without hiccups....
The armour added. A casualty was the bottom attachment points. For some reason they just would not line up and play right. I ended up snipping them off and just used the upper mounts to attach to the hood. The bottom mounts would not be seen with the hood closed anyways.
Overall view. I have yet to added the elevator braces, prop, alighting gear and a few of the smaller details, but it's just about ready for the paint shop. All things considered it's a very good kit. No fit issues to speak of, no filler used other than some Mr Surfacer.