Its been a very busy few days since my last post, but im pleased to say that this project is well on track for my Christmas deadline. Well, Boxing Day to be exact. I’ve managed to juggle visits to the shops for some final Xmas shopping, including a visit to the man in the big red suit for my son, as well as a few other chores, but I am very pleased with the result so far.
Getting the wiring set up for the lighting was a little tricky, but I got there in the end before getting stuck into the final sanding, filling and undercoating with spray putty. This is a process that needs to be repeated several times to smooth out scratches and divots from shaping. The trick is to minimise these defects in the first place, but it is something I’m getting better at.
Fortunately it’s been very warm today, so I’ve literally been able to bake the paint to speed up the drying process. Because I need to mask parts of the fuselage and wings to prevent overspray with other colours, it’s critical that the paint is dry, so the finish doesn’t get effected by the masking tape. There is still a bit more painting to go, but this will be completed tomorrow (Christmas Eve).
I was also able to get some decals ready and 3D print the engine fans, so it’s really a matter of some minor detailin, final assembly and testing over the next few days before delivering the model to my customer. In the meantime, a very Merry Christmas to all, and to all, good night…