Well, well, Brian: the story is complicated. The reason I stopped in the first place it was because I lost contact with the commissioner and I lost my drive with it too.
I intended at some point to donate it to the Chow Hound
association in US... but it was obvious I lost the tide and I fundered with this project... Then Irma
... now I am engaged on multiple modeling fronts with a building schedule stretching until September or so... I just don't know yet - maybe one day I go ballistic, shake the dust on it and keep going.
I have a restoration plan though:
Before anything else, scrub with wet scrubbing pad the salt / dust deposit and such, and then:
1. Split it completely in halves - fortunately the glue gave way (bad Testors glue) and there is no damage to the fuselage proper.
2. The tail wheel bulkhead is collapsed and needs re-arranging; same goes for the bomb bay: by the rattling sound inside I guess a bomb went loose
3. The putty (lots of it) around the rear gunner canopy is gone and needs to be scraped / redone.
4. Remove all windows (providentially I glued them with white glue), clean, reinstall.
5. Close the fuselage again and deal with joining line (needless to say, damage to the paint down to bare plastic)
6. Respray OD and gray (the initial ones were custom mixed and I'm not sure I can match the shade again - I even changed the brand I use meanwhile).
7. Maybe I can save the decals by masking; if not I can buy a new set.
8. Donate it to Chow Hound
Fortunately all the exterior details (MGs, nose window, ball turret, propellers) were safely stored in their box with my stash and nothing is lost.
The bad thing is I have to go all the way down to the stage before joining the fuselage and virtually only the inside painting can be preserved as is.
The good thing is that now I am much better equipped than I was then and perhaps my painting task easier (provided I can restore the surface to an acceptable level).
problem is the lack of motivation and busy schedule (now even busier after I launched my YT channel as well).
There is no question: if
I decide to continue the build, even if I need to change decals and so the aircraft name, the build will be blogged as a continuation of the original one.
And perhaps the best thing in this business is that you decided to go back to Luscious Lady
shaked up my inertia. And I would like to thank you very much for that.