This is the rear fuselage (boom) and vertical tail assembly. As this Azur kit is a short run affair, there was no locating pin, or any other form of support for this to join the main fuselage, which, I suppose, is a bit like a gondola. So, as you can see, I speared the thing with a bit of brass rod, which then fixed into the 'gondola'. I can't understand why the central boom, which looks as if it ran longitudinally throughout the real thing, wasn't a single, injection moulded piece. Anyway, my fix worked, so I'm now this far in:
The rear m/g position (the weapon looks like an aircraft Lewis) is made up of four very delicate bits of resin. The Scarfe type ring was moulded on a big chunk of resin and took some cutting off.
Next stage will be grey primer, then an overall 'khaki' (helpful kit notes!) finish. But just what does that mean? I've spent some time scanning the internet, but finished examples of this kit, and colour plates of similar French stuff from the 1930s seem to be finished in a wide variety of 'khakis' - some very green, and some very brown. So, I narrowed it down to:
Any suggestions very welcome!
On a less stressed note, my grandson's figure collection keeps growing. It was his 4th birthday this week, so he picked up a very large scale Spiderman, but also this:
This mounted fellow will go well with his crossbowman, who also sports a fleur de lis shield. My grandson likes both the look and sound of this symbol of French royalty (and the Scout movement!), showing that he is a good little European. However, I am sure that he will have no truck with the fundamentally anti-democratic super bureaucracy, and apparatchik-heaven that is the EU. If, and, of course it is a massive IF, the UK does have a referendum on the UK and the EU, then be sure that the one argument that the EU elite will not be deploying is that the EU is democratic. Because it is not.
Now that the end is, sort of, in sight for my Breguet 27 adventure, I feel in need of bashing a kit that is made out of slabs of injection moulded plastic. So, I dug this up:
Early 1970s, raised panel lines, little fine detail, weighs a ton ... but no resin, no tiny bits and pieces, no need for brass rod.