Panel lines and details are under the protection of masking tape and on with sanding and filling work with 180 and 300 grit wet and dry sand paper and a flat jeweler’s file (an indispensable tool!). What is noticeable here is how the left side has almost entirely needed filler (tamiya’s basic putty in grey) despite having a good fit whilst the right side almost did not despite having an offset fit. I’m using Deluxe’s plastic magic exclusively for the glue like i’ve mentioned earlier post yet this result is due to trying out different application methods on each side for the sake of it; long story short after gluing the right side section by section as usual and counting 4 or 5 Mississippis i squeezed the parts to let the molten plastic ooze out hence acting as a filler in the first place – of course the amount of glue applied should be as minimal as possible to decrease the drying time yet still do it’s magic ok otherwise one might have to hold the pieces while airdrying like a bimbo secretary’s fingernails for several minutes before moving on to the next section. Once the glue and plastic residue is finger touch dry, i used little strips of tamiya’s masking tape to firmly hold the joints and put the fuselage aside to rest for a full day while preparing other bits and pieces and also a base for the Merkava I, which is still a wip…

I’ll let the putty harden and sink for a day and begin with polishing and rescribe work of the lost detail around the joints.