So where were we? Ah yes - the missing part. It was - inevitably - that most challenging of parts to replicate, the cockpit canopy. I was initially most disappointed to find it missing and the kit remained in unbuilt limbo for some time while I pondered various schemes including stripping out the bombs and missiles for the spares box and binning the rest.
Salvation finally arrived in the not too dissimilar shape of the spare canopy from my FROG Jaguar build. As I mentioned at the time, this kit came with two front ends (that's the pointy end), the one I didn't use being the two-seat training version. Hmm. Two seats? Big pointy jet? Bells began to ring.
The photo above shows the Jag canopy early in the process of being hacked and sanded until it more or less fitted.
The built kit wearing a coat of primer. Will more paint improve things?