So the basic paint is done. I decided to forgo the primer and just shoot it straight on a model. One of my best paintjobs so far. Or maybe it's just because it's been so long since I've tackled any model, let alone a Hornet.
Some minor boo boos were found on the stabs so I've filled them, and around the intakes - they're handled too.
So here's the thing - looking at F/A-18 walkarounds I've noticed there seem to be no panel lines around the intakes. At least on Charlies and Deltas. Is there any rule to this?
Other thing is I've noticed that Deltas seem to have retained the 5r door on the nose. Weird. Did not check on C's but I always thought they were deleted on all C and D models. I've not any closeup of 164884's nose so I can't confirm wheter my jet should have it, but I'll probably go and scribe the door on the right side of my model.
Hopefully next weekend I'll start to paint the tiger stripes. I'm almost set on outlining them with pencil and masking them. Other option would be just to do them by hand with a brush.
So, till next time!