Retracts and fibreglassing materials have been ordered, work continues.
The main hatch looks kind of ugly at the moment, but is coming along nicely
I found a 1/72 kit of an “A”, although the manufacturer has used the wing sprue from a “D”. It will give some more information about fuselage shape etc., together with a couple of (I hope) genuine colour schemes.
Looking at the plans , it seems as though the wing for my bird is closer to the “D” planform too, and the wing chord as a percentage of total length seems too small. I am intending to build as is for the moment, and make a more correct wing later, if the urge strikes me.
Another detail problem is that both the belly and hatch area are currently too straight, easily fixed by adding 1/8” of light balsa, and feathering in all round.
The miscreant in the cockpit turned out not to be the pilot, but a member of the ground crew, sitting there making engine and machine gun noises...