Man, theres a lot of masking in this thing
Below are the wings masked off ready for the red to be applied to exposed areas of the leading edge slats and flaps. I mad a mistake in painting too much of the leading edge of the flap as subsequent perusing of photos showed there is no red visible on the upper surfaces of the flaps when they are deployed.
With the fuselage completed, looking at photos revealed I would have been better to actually fit the wing glove vanes as they feature prominently in all photos, so I had no option but to scribe them back in
With this done I went old school and added a dark grey preside to all panel lines, and then various squiggles of the same dark grey to various areas of high use such as the tops of wings and stabilisers, around the access bays for gun, engines and cockpit footsteps
thinned coats of Mr Color Light Gull Grey were then applied , with various squiggles of mid grey and white applied to start building up a mottled surface. the masked areas in the above photo hide the hot areas which has been sprayed Model Master Burnt Iron
modelling convention seems to be these overall gull grey jets were clean, but I found a photo of the jet I am doing that shows very worn and touched up paint, so this is what I aimed for. Next , lots of masking so that the red areas of the deployed slats and flaps could be sprayed
and then even more masking so that the skunk strip around the cockpit could be sprayed
Next up, we attack some of the detail painting as we move towards decalling
I'm in my fifties and live in Regional Victoria, Australia.