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This kit took way to long to complete, and for me that is a real mojo killer and causes a bad case of get-it-done-itis which in this case caused the decals to suffer, more on that later. The problem was not that it was a Mach 2 kit, again more on that later, but its large size, a natural metal finish and a relatively large number of paint colors. A weeks vacation in the middle didn't help either. Since I retired I have averaged 2-3 weeks per project and this one took a little over 4 weeks. This is my 7th Mach 2 and as far as the plastic is concerned I would rank it as one of their better ones, far superior to my last build, their E-1B. The main issues were the soft plastic is not conducive to building a large heavy plane and lead to a couple split joints, but the main issue is that no feature on the right side lined up with the corresponding feature on the left side. This was especially bad and annoying when it came to the wing roots. I pretty much fixed that, but I will not show you a picture from directly above over graph paper. I used the Pavla interior, but knowing that the "transparency" would be only translucent at best I didn't spend a lot of time on it. I had a hard time getting enough weight in the nose and it just sits on the node wheel. The decals where a major issue. My previous experience with Mach 2 decals was that they were far better then the plastic and in some cases really excellent. Not this time. while thin they were very stiff, or rigid. They refused to snuggle down and were impervious to all decal solvents know to man. I mostly go them to look OK, but I had to give them a top coat which I don't usually like to do with a NMF. But enough whining and on to the pictures. Next up is the Testors/Italeari F-21A Lion, aka ISI Kfir.
Does anyone know that the interior color of the RB-57F wheel wells and/or landing gear was? I am working on the Mach 2 kit and it is silent on the subject, as it is about most details. It is either natural metal, white, interior green or zinc chromate. The pictures I could find are of such quality that I can't tell, although I am leaning towards white. Anyone know for sure? Thanks Howard