Both builds have slowed down a bit as I got involved with detailing the gear bays on the Fujimi kit plus with the arrival of a silicon mould-making kit I’ve been spending time making moulds of all the pieces that I have made from scratch and casting them in resin;
I’ve managed to cast six ILS panels so far (two have been used on both A-7 kits) plus I’ve just started casting the ‘hook’ shaped gear door retraction arms as I need four. Also I made a mould of the retraction arm for the nose gear leg on the Fujimi kit as it doesn’t have one and for this I made a mould of the Hobbyboss part.
I know this is probably ‘old school’ in this day and age of 3D printing but I don’t own a 3D printer (yet) plus for my needs the moulding kit is good enough for me.
When I’ve got all the parts moulded that I need I can get on with finishing both A-7’s, although I’m still contemplating making a mould for the nose gear bay doors (bottom left in the picture).