Gnat's moving on.
The fit of the fuselage halves was excellent, the seam only needing a nab of superglue at a few spots. However, a few recessed lines (pointed by arrows) on the underside were missing from what I presume to be maintenance hatches and needed scribing in. Not finding suitably detailed drawings online, I chose to trust the painting guide drawings of the kit instructions.
Comparing to photos of the real thing, the 'throats' of the engine intakes were too narrow. Fortunately enlarging them wasn't hard or time-consuming.
Still not quite as open as they could be, but I think that'll do in this scale.
While on it, I also drilled out the cannon ports and drilled deeper the 4 cannon ventilation holes on each side of the front fuselage.
And talking of those ventilation holes, they look pretty nice I think, but aren't quite 100% accurate sitting recessed like that. I'm finding myself kind of tempted to try out making more accurate vent pipes from hypodermic needle cut to length and filed to an angle. If a bit tedious to do, those would not only be more faithful to the original, but also ease painting since they could be attached during final assembly, instead of needing a crazy steady hand with an equally small brush, or having to paint the vent pipes and then touch up their surroundings to get a clean result.
P.s. anyone know if this set of drawings
is anywhere near accurate in case I end up wanting to do some riveting on my model?