... but I've made some headway:
In front is the sanded left half and behind the right half with stretched sprue applied.
My little Instamagic camera doesn't capture it, but the raw half is very glossy with a whole bunch of little defects- bits of snot on the surface.
If you're unfamiliar with Combat vacs, it's a company that's been around for a long time, through several different owners. I bought some stuff from them back in the 80's when they were out of West Easton, PA.
This kit predates that owner, as the plans have an address in Wall, NJ. You can tell it's old by the yellow plastic.
The sanded half is much better- surface is much more even, and sanding the whole thing should get me some nice paint adhesion! I'll have to see what it looks like with primer, but the sanded sprue gives a very subtle effect when held to the light.
I want to get the parts as finished as possible before joining the halves, as keeping sanding dust out of the interior would be near impossible!
Walt, you were asking for some scale to the beastie:
The wingspan is about the size of a B-17, but the hull is about twice as deep- when I first opened the box at the swap meet I thought it was 1/32nd!
Here you can see both halves sanded down, first with 100, then 220. It doesn't look like much in the picture, but that's a good week's work, feels like I'm getting something done.