This is the kit that was first released in 2007, not long after the Hornby takeover. It must have been one of the last projects developed by pre-Hornby R & D. I've built one before and it's akin to the curates egg, good in parts. With some TLC it can result in a passable replica and it has a good outline shape, but some of the bad points weigh heavily against it. The trailing edges to the wings, tailplane and rudder are very thick, fixable but tedious to sand everything down and reinstate detail. The posable flaps are a terrible fit if you want them retracted rather than deployed - they're not usually deployed on a parked aircraft. The decals are OKish, some of the colours have a noticeable matrix effect, but they otherwise work OK. To be honest the more recent kits A05125 and A05126 are superior in every respect, but, I happened to have this one in the stash and it's needed as a little Christmas gift. So here we go:
As you can see I have an Xtradecal sheet to go with it, this will solve the decal issue. I made a start with constructing the cockpit and giving everything a squirt of paint, then a quick wash of Klear+water+smidge of Tamiya Nato black mixture.
That's it so far, apart from the pilot figure that is in the process of being painted. The 'client' is not especially discerning so this will be strictly out of the box (apart from the decals) and I wasn't especially fussy about cockpit details, simply what the kit provides and not a lot is visible through the hood with the pilot in place.