Here's a rather minor update. I'm really not getting much modelling time lately, and the Trumpeter Flanker does take some time.
Those are the Aires wheel wells and the Zacto compressor faces. Please excuse the poor image quality, I bought a new ultra small camera and the pics are just not that great, I'll be going back to the old clunker for modelling pics. Anyway, the compressor color is burnt iron, the pics of the real thing I have indicate this color, which is different to the more usual silvery color associated with other engines' compressor faces.
As has been pointed out many times before, the Aires wheel wells are a work of art, they are just stunning. All that I needed to do is slap some paint on. I used some different shades of blue and gray to introduce some interest.
And here are some cockpit pics. That is Eduard photo-etch on Aires tub. I have hand-brushed many of the Eduard panels with the color I used on the rest of the cockpit to make it blend in. Next step for the cockpit is adding back raised detail.
My next update will likely feature the beautiful Zacto intakes.