A quick update photo from the paint shop of the body with all of its main paint colours applied residing in its custom Ferrero Rocher anti-dust cabinet.
There is still a lot to do - the lower bodyside stripes are next followed by tidying up of all of the messy and oversprayed areas (especially where it is yellow and shouldn't be), transfers, varnish and weathering to a very work-worn 1969 condition.
Not everything has gone completely to plan - the worst problem being that the green finish has tiny white flecks in it. This was caused by mixing some Humbrol white with the Precision green to 'pre-fade' it. It should have worked OK but it didn't. I later found out why...
I started the yellow panels by masking with Tamiya tape (I lost count of how many pieces) and then loaded the airbrush up with thinned Humbrol white and found that it would not spray at all. It seems that my tin of white had degraded to the point where no amount of stirring would stop it congealing. It congealed in the airbrush cup and the lumps got picked straight up by the brush and blocked it. That tin has now been consigned to the bin. After over 1 hour of cleaning the airbrush and a brand new tin of white things were back on track.
I'm still hopeful of finishing this before we reach 'Class 22 - Part 22'.