The final bit of work to be done was sorting out the horrendous joints of the engine pods and fuel pods to the main airframe. This is particually hard due to angles and locations of the joints. For the engine pod to wing joint I used super glue and talcum powder. For the join to underside of the wing and fuselage I used Squadron putty smoothed off with nail polish remover as I did not have any way of sanding those areas.
With the last of the filling and sanding completed a final primer coat was sprayed and no more flaws were detected so it was time for paint!
As soon as I got this kit I had only one scheme in mind the Southeast Asia camo. Whilst the is some to debate as to whether this scheme was actually ever applied to this aircraft it is definitely a scheme that was conceived for the Hustler as there were instructions on applying this scheme in the USAF TO-1-1-4. As it would happen the Revell boxing has a decal option for this camo scheme, so armed with this info it was time to paint.
For this model I decided to spray the camo pattern free hand which was easier than I first though. To begin the painting process the whole model was pre shaded then the top camo colours applied starting with the lightest. For the colours I added a few drops of with to give the colours a faded slightly chalky look then post shaded with the original colour across the panel lines and in a fairly random fashion.
Unfortunately I have run out of black and black grey paint so the Hustler has come to a grinding halt. but that should be rectified by the end of the weekend so more soon....