Not a lot of progress, just continuing to tidy bits and pieces up and trying to solve for the consequences of conversion.
Firstly, the front canopy. The Trumpeter one is wrong in that the centre oval has been chopped at the bottom.
As you can see from the replacement version from Alley Cat the shape it should be. The drawback of the replacement piece is that it is made from clear resin I think and not as clear as the kit piece.
The refuelling probe was up next. The kit piece was bent and also as often happens the moulds were slightly out of alignment and on a prominent tube like this removing the seam lines tends to flatten it out.
I used a replacement probe from Profimodeller (which came as part of a three piece set with the two guns) with a piece of brass rod.
The next piece is the oddest thing in this otherwise pretty excellent kit. Trumpeter have mould the front wheel as a single piece. Given the myriad of little pieces they give you in the kit for the engine and other hidden parts, to not have separate parts on a very prominent feature of a Skyhawk, is, well odd.
The replacement leg comes from the Aires set and the resin wheel from AMS as part of the 'C' conversion set. Brass axle from the spares.
So, finally a coat of Tamiya primer to find the areas that still need work.
I do like the way the vortex generators turned out under a coat paint especially since they were so fiddly, but worth it for sure.
Some obvious points to work on. You couldn't model this kit with the canopy closed. Though they are just bluetac'd in place the resin piece is slightly too narrow. The rear canopy is also narrow but is a consequence of the effort to get the front of the plane squeezed so the nose correctly fitted which lead to gap as discussed earlier behind the cockpit. I didn't intend to have it closed but I am sure it would fit otherwise.
Overall the plane is looking clean and tidy
One of the intakes shows a crack and still needs some smoothing.
A few bits missed on the wing leading edge.
And the nose job also needs more work and there is an air hole by the refuelling probe I hadn't notice.
Hopefully some true colour can't be far away.