David, did you try to cut few times horizontally through the number stencils and put some Micro Sol?
Yes, I did. These decals seem unaffected. Anyway, could be worse. Couldn't it?
When it came to mounting the torpedo, I found the vague instructions are not as helpful as they should be. The rear mounting has been relocated forward, and shortened by about 1/3rd. The forward mounting will have to be shortened. And I will have to cleanup and repaint. Grrrr.
With the nose of the torpedo only a foot or two behind the propeller arc, both mountings are attached to the rear half of the torpedo! Doesn't look sensible or practical, but there it is.
Meanwhile the Luftwaffe Phantom is on its undercarriage. Once I run a wash through the control surface hinge lines, I will mount the ubiquitous wing tanks.
The Italeri kit is a very neat kit, showing its age in the cockpit and raised panel lines. It has whet my appetite for a return to Phantoms!
Thanks for looking,