With the Eduard boxing, the engines are relegated to the spares bin. Instead, Eduard provide you with resin compressor faces and jet nozzles. So, the required parts were sawn off the casting blocks after painting with Alclad steel and superglued together
The engine faces were then glued to the ends of the inlet trunks
Interestingly, HobbyBoss?Eduard also include the glove vanes if you are making a very early A Model. They attach to those crescent shaped channels once you have cut the flashed over openings out. As the tomcats I was modelling had them wired shut, I skipped this step, but I found it interesting none of the other build articles I had read drew attention to this option in the kit.
The fuselage halves were now ready to close up, which was duly done
fit between the halves was good, until it came time to fit the belly panel. It was here I was left with a gap requiring a card shim. Dry fits had left me with a good fit, so I have no idea how I introduced this gap
So, at end of day's play, we have two models starting to look like Tomcats.
I'm in my fifties and live in Regional Victoria, Australia.