Good start George. Can't offer much on breaking up the monotony of the black except to say the following: don't use pure black for the base coat, rather lighten it a bit with white, maybe darken panel lines with a darker tone and use a slightly lighter tone on some selected panels or highlights. Subtle differences will be key.
Seat is attached, waiting for the glue to dry and then paint the top seat attachment and anchor the chains. There are five shades here but I may leave out the first one, too grey. The second is enamel so it's still wet.
Thanks guys. Easy so far Vic. The next two steps required my still lacking third arm. The cockpit tub consists of four pieces that I joined at the same time. I did this with the four piece wheel well spar also. Probably an easier way to do the tub but I wanted to make sure it wasn't going to interfere with the fuselage fit.
One thing that occurred to me on this build and I've probably done this with 99% of my builds; I only work one step at a time. I don't skip steps nor do I paint common colors that are steps ahead, always doing that when the time comes. Probably adds hours to the build.