It being difficult to evaluate the multi-colored plastic sections (top), everything got a coat of silver - immediately revealing that significant further work would be needed at only two seams: the aft end of the large, amidships insert, and the next seam aft, at which the tail cocks upwards. Everything else looked all but perfect, as-is. (Rough-looking bands further aft from the latter, as well as at the bow, were only masking tape - removed at bottom, and next-up, from the bottom.) And even the above two "worst" ones already look nearly perfect when viewed from overhead (4th down) - by far the most critical viewing angle for the pressure hull, which will be progressively more hidden under saddle tanks, the further down one goes. The sculpted finial right aft (right, at bottom), also cleaned up to be very smooth, and symmetrical - and likewise, the alignment of the several hull-sections looks very straight.
In fact, this hull - despite being one of the most demanding, and least forgiving basic hullforms I have attempted to bash together, so far - looks to have come out among my very best, ever.
So, it will be sooner, rather than later, that the pressure hull will be ready to receive saddle tanks. For which there has recently been another, very promising development:
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Now you can see the significance of the above: The saddle-tank ends - by far, the most difficult parts of the tanks to scratchbuild - could far more easily be obtained by just slightly expanding the drop tanks from a 32-scale Sabre Jet - which in turn is a very readily-available mold (whose drop-tanks are presumably yet further available, as spares from builds that didn't use them).
So, before devoting further work to the earlier plan for major scratch-bashing of saddle tanks, I will first put out the word for any spare DROP TANKS FROM 1:32-SCALE F-86 SABRE AND/OR FJ FURY kit(s) out there.
And if you out there are a potential donor - possibly in need of some spare(s) I might have, and/or a little choice, Matty's Models swag - and are reading this right now, then by all means eMail me!