Now it’s time to put the two halves of the fuselage together. First up, the myriad parts I needed to assemble before hand. Incidentally, all were sprayed white.
Academy provides a long trunking so you can see into the nose intake. Nice.
From left to right: the MLG bay, the belly flap bay and the arresting hook bay. All are decently detailed for their scale.
I decided to cement them onto one side of the fuselage before putting everything together. It took a bit of adjusting and finesse but the two halves fit pretty much perfectly with no noticeable gaps.
I had to sand down the fuselage so the wing can fit flush. Not an issue if one plans to install the wing pivoted.