Thankfully, I can close the chapter on the Frogfoot. It’s not that it was a bad build, it just drug on for far too long. The last set of builds, in general, took far too much out of me to be pleased with my timeframe. I know that I will hit a few potholes along the way but I fell into a crater with these. The bright side is that the cold is being abolished and the ship should right itself soon. I am still excited to build so my spirit isn’t broken. Hobby Craft may be my new nemesis for the year. The plan will be to strategically avoid them for quite a while.
All in all, I think it turned out well. The amount of filler in this aircraft is vast. There is so much in the back of the airplane that it very nearly threw the balance off. In fact, I had trouble keeping it off its tail while I photographed it. To put it in perspective, from the tip of the nose to the beginning of the cockpit is crammed full of lead weight. Zero room was left to fit any more and I thought it would be more than enough.
Final assembly was a surprising breeze. I am very impressed with the tremendous amount of ordinance this jet can carry. The decals are few and far between. I would have liked to see more, but you get what you pay for. It took all of three minutes or so to apply all the decals. The weathering went well. I was very pleased with the way the clear turned out. I was a little skeptical that it would come out as a semi-gloss instead of a matte finish. Luckily I was wrong.
It has certainly been a tough six weeks at my workbench. The Kfir is almost done and then I can move past all the problems and focus on my next four kits. The issues are certainly not welcome, but without them I wouldn’t appreciate the end result.