Step 2: Building the Model

Picture of Building the Model

Building the model isn't too tricky, I just followed the directions. Electronics have to be mounted at the right stage, however, because it is impossible to open up any part once it's been glued. I painted it using standard modeling techniques. I used Testors Model Master paint, but most any kind of paint can be used. I used modeling glue for most of the plastic parts, but I used white glue for the fiber optics and the canopy, as the fiber optics can be damaged by any other glue and the canopy could be made cloudy by regular modeling glue. Decaling the whole model was pretty tricky, there were a number of places where the decals didn't quite give complete coverage, so I used a flat red Testors enamel to pain over the flaws. Another trick I employed was diluting the gloss white paint with some mineral spirits so it would flow better on the parts, but for the most part I was able to use the paint as-is. It is definitely an advanced model, but as long as you take it one step at a time it's not too tricky for anyone on Instructables, and it's a lot of fun to complete.