As with any kit I build, I start by scanning the instructions and have a inspection through the sprue’s and other parts in the box. As I’m doing photo-etch as well I’ll also review the instructions for those sets as well.
I then grab a pencil and will indicate on the main instruction sheet where aftermarket parts are going to included. This insures I don’t forget anything during a build step. For the most part I usually assemble the kit via the suggested order, but there are times I’ll build something out of sequence particularly if it aids construction or finishing.
The key to these larger complex kits is to consider it a series of subassemblies. I’m going to start on one of the smaller ones but the most complex and time consuming, the cockpit area.
The Eduard interior set has reasonably clear instructions but there are times when careful review of the instructions and the part is worth the extra few minutes. One thing with pre printed photo etch you have to have a plan, as some parts you will want to install first, then do the painting, then add the remaining pre painted parts.
I started by snipping the 2 main fuselage halves off the sprue and starting work on the cockpit area. Some sanding away of existing detail was required before adding some of the p/e here.
I started attaching some of the photo-etch using the Ultimate Modelling Products Photo-etch placing tool. This is a wonderful tool allowing one to precise place small pieces of photo-etch.
I also assembled the pilot seat as well as the crew table.
With these parts done it’s time to apply some primer. As the cockpit is black with interior green, Vallejo black primer will be the logical choice.
Next part will be post primer and starting to paint and weather the cockpit area.