After the nose section had been completed, next up was the centre section and wings. Ratch was correct, I am building with the wings extended. I did contemplate folding the wings, as I already have two Buccs, but the 'plane just looks better with the wings spread. Maybe the next one?
Anyway, on with the build. Before the top and bottom centre section can be joined the intakes, including undercarriage bays and jetpipes need to be constructed, painting as we go. By the way the fit of all the parts so far has been fine, with everything clicking into place.
In keeping with the real machine the construction of the internals includes some substantial bulkheads to keep things true. Unfortunately one of the lower wings was quite badly warped. This was only partly fixed by the triangular wing spar seen above.
In this view the very nicely detailed bomb-bay can be seen as well as the intake trunking running through the main bays.
Once all the internals are in place the upper and lower parts can be joined. The fit was good with only slight seams to be dealt with. After this the upper, outer wing sections are added, and clamped. Due to the top overlapping the lower wing section, there are no seams to sort out here. The clamping also fixed the warped lower wing. The join between the inner and outer section of the top wing left what I feel to be to greater gap, which will need sorting out later. In the picture above the nose section is only test fitted.
Now things started to proceed fairly rapidly. The nose was attached, but even with careful alignment I had iffy joins top and bottom. The tail section was then put together, with a separate rudder, end bullets to the tail-planes and top cap to the fin. There was some gaps around the top, especially around the bullets. The jet exhausts and intake fairings didn't fit to well either and some fettering was need to one of the intakes to get a good fit. At least I'm beginning to get something resembling a Buccaneer.
Here the prominent join between the centre and tail sections can be seen, as well as the jet exhaust fitting.
However it didn't take long to sort out the gaps with some Perfect Plastic Putty and wet and dry paper.
In the second picture the open air-brake is also fitted.
Talking of which, here are the parts laid out for said air-brake.
Although fiddly it went together and fitted well, just so long as the instructions are followed.
All the seams are now sorted, and the gaps along the upper wings were lessened by running some white glue into the join.
Now to add some of the smaller parts and it will be ready for painting.