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Hasegawa's 1/32 scale engine for its Peashooter kit is great, but the push rods don't line up with the cylinder heads. To correct these types of problems, simply remove the kit's rods and replace them with individual lengths. The wiring on this engine ended on the back side, where it would not be seen. 43 (Left) Bundled stretched sprue or a combination of plastic rod and thin wire can represent wiring harnesses on in-line engines. (Center) The wiring harness has been installed and will be painted after assembly of the rest of the engine.
I call this process the sandwich technique. When the glue is dry, sand the edges smooth. Take a small drill bit, center it in each instrument hole, and drill through the backing. These holes will allow the white glue you will use to glue each instrument to seep out the back instead of overflowing onto the face of the instrument. Now that the console is complete, you are ready to paint it and apply the instruments. Most consoles are flat black. Whatever color you choose, lighten it up with some white to create a perception of depth between the instruments and the face of the console.
For small paint jobs like tubing, use waterbase paints because they dry quickly. You can mix the various shades of paint in a bottle cap, clean it out, and mix another shade. Finally, apply a dusting of pastel on the piping. If the manufacturer has supplied a landing gear bay but it cries out for additional detail, you can add it the same way you added piping detail to a scratch-built box. If you need to add The addition of some strip stock can greatly enhance the appearance of a wheel well door that has no detail.
Detailing scale model aircraft by Mike Ashey