I cut the humps and bumps off that would have made knees or something, and clipped the wings off 1/4'' from the fuselage. I then cut numerous wing shapes from card stock and let Colin decide which wing he liked best. The wing he chose I then built by laminated sheet styrene. I guided Colin in sanding them to shape using wet paper to avoid worries of breathing fine dust particles, then glued them to the plane. I puttied the seams and it was Colin's job to sand, primer, and resand until it looked right.
I turned the back part of the fuselage upsidedown , which brought the intakes way up. This took surprisingly little effort; only a little cutting was required on the top side and 2 short pieces of plastic glued in on the bottom to fill in the overlap, then puttied and sanded to shape.
The original wingtips were used at the back of the plane for the lower wings and the upper ones were repositioned. The canards were moved forward and inward to just behind and below the cockpit. This being a racer, the scale was way to big so I hacked the cockpit out, built a new canopy to scale it up. I thought I could squeeze a 1/32 scale pilot in but, he was just a little too big so I carved one out of a block of resin. I would guess him to be between 1/35 to 1/40 scale.
After all the final priming and sanding was done I helped Colin air brush on the first coat of white paint. The rest of the model I completed myself. I applied a second coat of white then masked and followed with 2 coats of Yellow. Trim colors of red,and black were added followed by a clear coat of Future. I made all the decals from leftovers , then sealed them with a final coat of Future.
The stand was made from a piece of wood cut out with my scroll saw, a piece of acrylic rod and a piece of high tensile wire from an old balsa wood bi-plane kit. I painted the base black, masked the sides, then spread dirt and small rock over white glue for the ground. The finish line pole was painted white leaving the clear lens between the checkerd flags for a 360' camera.
Image: Starboard side
Image: Close up, starboard side sensors
Image: Comin' atcha!
Image: Rear view