Got the assembly completed and filled a couple of small gaps I had (around the inserts) which wasn’t 100% needed but it would have bugged me. And sanded down the joints on the hanger bay supports. Looks like these really need more detailing on them (which would also hide the seams) to be accurate, but not going down that route for this build.
So got a coat of primer on and then a coat of Halfords Ford Machine Silver. I’m trying to get a finish with is similar (doesn’t have to be identical but do want it close) to the Galactica. For that I know I used Halford Aluminium but I’d run out and the top of the Machine Silver looked very similar. But it didn’t come out anything like it. Hardly a metallic finish at all and much darker. More like a slightly metallic grey. Not sure if it’s because the can wasn’t properly mixed (it was a new one but did shake it for a good while) or just doesn’t even come close to the colour on the lid. Might even be that it was so cold when sprayed I guess?
Anyway, here’s what it looks like at the moment.
Thought about trying and do another coat to get a more shiny finish as I’m going to apply a thick wash and don’t want it to completely dull down which I think might happen with the existing finish. But was asked for some side by side pictures of this and the “Galactica” kit, the Excalibur.
And having taken those pictures I decided that the colour was going to be OK and it didn’t warrant a respray. So plugged on and got some red painted in and also some dark washes into the majorly recessed areas.
Now just need to sort out these decals.