Here are some photos of the progress made since the last post.
This is the result of some plastic card stock, Tamiya thin cement, a few clamps and some Testors clear parts cement. The boom gaps illustrated in the photos above have virtually disappeared.
The model is moulded to allow the gun bays and ammo storage to be visible. I chose to button things up.
To this point, this had been the most frustrating part of the build. The gaps on the door joint to the forward fuselage is atrocious. Gaps and steps galore. Plastic card, glue, putty, sanding (for the most part with a Q-tip soaked with nail polish remover to remove putty but not detail) and more clear parts cement. It's not too bad but I'll see how much more work is needed after the first coat of primer.
The gap where the horizontal stab fits through the booms was massive. I glued the stabilizer to the top of the opening as it would be most visible. The gap underneath was frightening. This gap was willed with clear parts cement alone. The extent of the gaps is visible here.
The five piece canopy is now the bane of my existence. The only pieces that fit half decently are the front and rear parts. The other three centre parts (top and side windows) have required me to keep a bottle of scotch beside the bench. Not a bad thing necessarily but... The canopy is so much work, I've just ordered a couple of Squadron vacuform canopies (as well as a few other 1/32 scale Sabre goodies
) from Gordo at Sprue Brother. So, until I receive my order from Gordon (usually about three weeks), except for a few minor bits of work, this build is pretty well on hold at this stage of completion:
Thanks for checking in. I'll post more photos as things progress.