These days I usually build kits in sub assemblies before I paint anything. I say Ďusuallyí because I tend to do what seems best at the time and sometimes that means taking a different approach. I also try to build, fill and sand big parts before fitting details. That way I avoid damaging small parts during construction or obscuring places I need to work on. Oh, I test fit a lot too; a few stages ahead if taping parts together allows it. Hmmm, yes, you might say I err on the side of caution.
It was during a test fit of the main landing gear bay into the fuselage that I realised this kit offers an interesting option for the general assembly and painting sequence. It would be possible to work on the details of the bay, and paint it fully, after itís attached to the fuselage. Whatís more there are only four sub assemblies that must go onto the fuselage before itís closed: the cockpit, the engine, the electronics bay and the sides of the main landing gear bay. Hereís what the instructions show.
So, I have a new plan. Work on the main landing gear is suspended for a bit while I return to the cockpit. Iíll finish that, then build the basics of the electronics bay, make the engine and paint the inside, then join the fuselage halves and do any sanding a filling needed. Finally I'll go back and detail the exposed parts. I canít remember which general said ĎNo plan survives contact with enemyí or something like that, so Iím staying flexible, but thatís the plan.
Hereís an example of why I like to test fit do the big work first. That gap between the fuselage and wheel bay bulkhead will be very difficult to fill once the space is crammed with pipes and cables.
And a sneak peak into the future. The fuselage looks like it will go together well as long as none of the interior parts cause problems.
If you need some zen music while you do tedious tasks like revetting or building tracks try this.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBQivMKS5rc
Happy modelling folks.