Thank you all for your kind and generous comments. I really appreciate them. I know a completed kit with my name against it is a rare bird these days (
), but I'm genuinely knocked out by the response. I really must finish builds more often!
A couple of you have mentioned the spinner spiral. It's the kit decal, applied without any setting solution. I actually did use Mr Softener on the first few decals that I applied, but soon realised that it was superfluous - the Gustav's decals snuggled down beautifully without any help (witness the rivets on the spiral).
To be honest, I was rather leary of the spinner spiral after my experience with the one in Eduard's Fw 190D
. I just could not make that work and ended up scrapping and replacing it. But this one followed the contours perfectly and was a cinch to apply. The only way it could have been improved for me would have been if it had been designed as the red spiral - as it is, the white is faintly translucent. That wouldn't really be an issue if there wasn't a white section of paintwork on the spinner's base-plate to highlight the difference. That's one of the points I'd like to tweak someday in order to get a better match.
Thanks again and all the best