I’ve finished up the office on the JL-9. I think half the reason I’m doing this model is because of the cool turquoise color they paint the cockpit on this one. It’s really unusual.
The cockpit is nicely detailed- lots of raised bits and doodads to paint. I kept this one pretty clean, using mostly a more Spanish style approach to highlight raised areas, rather than using dry brushing. I like it for doing cleaner work, I think. It’s not perfect, and I probably could have gone for a little more contrast, but I like the result anyway.
Except for the ejection seat pull handles, and microbeads used for the throttle knobs, it’s all out of the box.
Test fitting the cockpit into the fuselage resulted in a virtually Lego-like fit. I positioned the cockpit firmly into the right fuselage half, tilted the left half a bit to the side, aligned the lower part of the fuselages halves together, rotated the left half in- and everything slid perfectly in to place.
I’m really enjoying this kit. While Trumpeter (and Hobbyboss) may have some accuracy issues, I’ve never found fault in their engineering. They are a pleasent build experience to say the least.