Fuel-tank(w)rack

Yesterday I had this weird idea that finishing the model would be possible today. Unfortunately, as it goes, I ran into some problems.

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First the good news: I did a thin over-spray of the primer damage in the cockpit. Since I will be using the open canopy I am not too worried about the slightly different look and the areas that are not painted.
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And I was able to remove the splatter of primer with a bit of sanding and some gloss clear. I have order some more sanders and buffers, from UMP this time. If required I can do some more sanding once I get those in since my finest sanding sponge isn’t that fine..
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The left outer cannon has been glued on once again, and the little clear part that isn’t mentioned in the instruction booklet is glued into place.
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And today I airbrushed and hand painted all the tiny parts that still needed to get RLM 76 color.

So far so good I guess.. although it was becoming clear that I wouldn’t be finishing the build today, so I am aiming sometime this week depending on how much time I will have.

The fuel tank rack turned out to be problematic. I glued in on way too early and I am not sure why. But the result is not only that it broke off, but because the weight of the body has leaned on it too much it has become impossible to glue on the fuel tank in the ‘conventional’ way.

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I first tried to reconstruct the fuel rack, with all the broken off parts. This was the result. Unfortunately it soon became clear it would be impossible to glue the fuel tank on because everything was just too much out of shape.
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Plan B: I glued these pieces on the fuel tank rack, hoping I would be able to get it roughly on the rest of the construction.
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Now I will have to wait to see how this dries up. Hopefully it will be tight enough because I really don’t want to leave the tank off the model.

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So instead of a longer day where I would be able to finish the entire model it looks like it will be another string of short sessions to finish it off.

I am really starting to look forward to continuing the B747-8F and finally putting this thing on display.

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