The past few days have been spent on all of the superstructure/ bridge PE.
The rear structure in particular has been an exciting adventure in bending and CA glue... Thankfully, there have been very few fit issues, so it's all good.
The rear structure is supposed to "hug" the main structure more, but since all of this is dry fit, I had to lean it at a less extreme angle to keep from falling over.
Some points of interest:
While all of the "glass" gets replaced with PE frames, for some reason the center glass on the 04 level has no PE replacement, so some PE ladder will have to be used as a replacement. Meanwhile, the side glass pieces on that level are each one panel too wide, so they will have to be trimmed to fit.
The instructions show PE part B2-35 (the main rear structure) plus B2-21. This had me scratching my head for a while until I realized that part B2-21 actually goes farther down (the lowest PE structure on the pictures) and does not attach to part B2-35 in any way.
B2-21 will also have to be trimmed slightly at the top to properly fit over the plastic.
The PE ladders that go inside haven't been attached yet as they will go on after the floors have been painted. The same goes for all the binoculars, etc. Remember that this is all dry fit, thus the gaps that will tighten up when glued.
The radar hasn't been glued on yet...
This is to better facilitate painting of both the tower and the multi part radar itself (this is also why the radar isn't "closed up").
Now on to the funnels, etc., which will probably take a little while (not to mention having to squeeze some build time for my community build Hiryu in there too).