With the fuselage buttoned up, attention now turned to the wings and extraneous rivet detail Hobby Boss has graced them with.
Photos from DACO Publishing's excellent book on the Tomcat showed no such rivet detail, so it was decided it had to go, as did the rivet detail on the tailplanes
Mr Surfacer 500 was employed for this as seen above, when dry, being sanded to give nice smooth wings sans rivet lines.
The above photo shows the plasticard eyelid doors that replace the one piece part in the kit. I was not really happy with the fit of it, so made my own from pics of card. I also attached the spoilers at this stage so that I would not knock off the slat rails as I have done with all previous kits that have these parts sticking out.
.Whilst the kit contains parts for the two larger ECM blisters shown above (parts E26.27) The Eduard instructions do not call them out. Photos of my chosen jet definitely show them fitted, so they were added to the intake sides. A strange omission on Eduard's part, as from what I have read, no jets just had the two smaller blisters fitted. A check of the original HobbyBoss instructions also show them as not called out either
Hopefully, in the next update, we will the model starting to come together.
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