Once all the seems were sorted out, some of the smaller parts, such as undercarriage and doors plus the smoke generator went on. The generator and inner undercarriage doors were painted and decalled before fitting to save some awkwardness later.
Another small modification I made was to the nose wheel doors. Airfix has them as divided into two halves, whereas in reality the first 3/4 of the doors are divided down the middle while the section nearest the leg is a smaller separate door. Hopefully the photo will explain what I mean.
You can see the new door made from plastic card, and also a small blade aerial from card which was missing from the kit (but on the cover illustration and painting guide).
Next the one part canopy was painted and attached. The frames were first painted black (the interior colour), then white as an undercoat for the final coats of red. The fit was very tight, and much sanding and scraping of edges took place, and pressure had to be applied all the time the glue dried.
Can you spot the mistake, yes I forgot to install the clear internal shield between the front and rear cockpit! Luckily it was fairly easy to remove the canopy as I had used wood glue as it dries clear.
An undercoat of white, and three top coats of 'Arrows Red' followed. All hand painted.
The fin was not painted as it will be completely covered by a decal. The shield is now in place!
A couple of shots of the main decalling completed. It was most tricky as everything has to be lined up exactly or it is really obvious. Smaller decals and finishing off next.
The fin edges will need some slight touching up with paint.
The two inner flap actuator fairings were left off the underside of each wing as it would have been impossible to place the white arrow head decals over them. I would be nice if Airfix mentioned this in the instructions.