Thanks, Gerry and stilltubeglue. The two handed airbrushing technique is only used for scalloping the wing leading edge, hence the weird cradle. Seventy-second scale is awkward on the face of it. Everything is so close together, I would love to do one of those ostrich skin pattern JG 54 109 Fs, but realize that getting the airbrush close to the fuselage where it meets the wing will be nearly impossible. I may have to paint the fuselage before attaching the wing.
There's not a lot to say with this update but it does follow a lot of work. Tonight I added the last decal, and frankly that couldn't come soon enough. During a typical build various things will bite you. On this one it was the decals. I hd to remove and replace one of the crosses three times. My go-to setting solution, Mr. Mark Softener, refused to work on decals that I had labelled "thin, works great", which now appear to be neither. Regardless, this phase is done. Next will come inspection, then anther sealing gloss coat before moving on the the really fun part, washes and weathering.
One note before moving on. Here in one picture is my method for applying simplified wing crosses. I cut out the white angles and use the center backing paper as a positioning guide. Wet it, slide off the clear film, and place it glue-side down on the wing. When it has dried out and sticks, snuggle the cross pieces up to the paper. After they have set, wet the paper and remove it. Viola, no worries about silvering of carrier film.
I know I've shown this a dozen times before, but it may be new to someone. Now, on to the latest photos.