It has been a while! Basically because I needed to get sorted out with two things which really needed to be cracked at this stage. The first one was how it was going to be displayed which needed quite a bit of thought and figuring out. The second one was working out what bits and pieces of plastic I would need to do the detailing and the display. I wanted to get this sorted before ordering as EMA Model Supplies have a minimum order charge and I didn’t want to find out I needed something else straight away.
So figured that out and have now got the stuff. And back to it.
Although it doesn’t look like much sorting out the tunnel (which is the cold helium and electrical umbilical tunnel) which runs up the side of the first stage took me about 2 hours. This is made up of 3 long pieces of photoetch which form the half round part and 2 pieces which make up the end caps. These are formed around a piece of 6.4mm half round (which was a perfect size) instead of the kit part, which is too high (basically the half round part on top of a 2-3mm raised section). It doesn’t fit perfectly to the body and will need a bit of filling along the edge where it meets.
There is another tunnel on the other side but that should be much easier now. Other bits of photoetch are now going on and it is starting to look a bit busier. Trying to figure out exactly where they go based on the instructions and reference pictures takes up most of the time. Generally now have my laptop next to the workbench so I can check as I go along.