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The wretched canopy seam was handled with 3,200-12,000 grit sandpaper, Novus cleaner, and a final dip in Future.

The green av-bay color is accurate for birds from this period and prior to depot maintenance.

Eduard PE was used in the cockpit, and really adds life to the seat.
Ditto the instrument panel.
I used the typical combination of Tamiya and ModelMaster acrylics.   The fuselage was finished in the Compass Ghost scheme (pre-"Mod Eagle") using ModelMaster acrylics and thinners, and I lightened the Dark Compass Grey somewhat to create a subdued contrast consistent with photos of operational Eagles of the mid- to late-80s.

As with most Eagles, the nosecone does not match either the light or dark compass ghost colors.

The cans were finished with a subdued white inside, followed with some "soot" treatment to give them a slightly used look.  I used frisket paper to mask the light/dark scheme on the fuselage and all flying surfaces.
I did some preshading prior to applying the color coats, then was careful to keep the effect subdued, as I tend to keep my USAF models "clean."
Results of the preshading are visible on the wing glove around the gun.
More preshading effects - I'm actually pretty pleased with the overall result: visible if you look for it, but not overdone.
A wash was applied after a couple coats of Future had sealed everything up nice and tight.  When dry, I removed most of it, again in keeping with my chosen subtle weathering scheme.
Basic detail painting, some more Eduard PE, and a really neat "RADIATION HAZARD" dry transfer makes the radar come to life, even if it will spend most of its life hidden under the nosecone/panel.
Did I mention I built two of these bad boys at the same time?  Actually, when I got to this stage I set the 'C' model (on the right) aside, as I have plans for finishing this one in the way-cool 65th Aggressor Squadron scheme.

More later.

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