I had a few final details to finish before the FW14B was complete: the rear wing, wing mirrors, radio antenna, the small windscreen, the camera pod that looks like a small wing and the wheels.
I cleaned up all of the parts needed to finish this kit and prepped them for painting. The wing etc were painted using Zero paints, as described in Part 2.
Then a light coat of the 2K clear coat to prep for decals. The decals went on with minimal issues. When the decals dried I applied the last layer of clear coat. The rear wing has a few pieces that needed to be painted semi gloss black, so those areas were masked off and painted. Finally, the rear wing was assembled and attached to the model. The rear wing assembly was a little tricky to assemble. All of the pieces need to be precisely lined up before you can glue them in to ensure the wing is square.
The wing mirrors, antenna, and camera pod were glued on using CA glue, and finally, the windscreen was glued in place using thinned PVA glue.
The only parts left are the tires. I fixed these to a drill and sanded off the seam line. This also gave the tire a slightly used look. I applied the decals for the tires and rims and I was ready to bring this model home.
Tamiya has produced a brilliant kit here. It is a 25 year old kit, and it shows in places, but the build process and final product more than make up for any shortcomings this kit has. There are some ejector pin marks in inconvenient places that require careful cleanup, and there are some mold lines on a few pieces that need to be removed. But the detail you get and the fit of the pieces make this kit worth it.
I'll post the full gallery next for hte final reveal.