I have the final shaping and piecing done. The contours are sanded and the panel-line scribing is done to the best of my ability. I did make an attempt, and while I wish I could've done better, I did learn and will have more skills the next time I try. For now, I will use weathering and shading to accent the lines and get me the look I'm going for.
I added the cannons to the fuselage and also put on the hardpoints. I'll add on the drop tanks as well. I really do like the look of them underslung under the wings. I dunno if it's going to please the BSG rivet counters, but hey, I'm building for me and this is fun. : ) It has the look I'm going for and I'm having a good time doing it. I feel like the cannons have that Viper-call back feel, and it would make sense that the design element that placed them there in the first place would carry through to later Superiority Fighter designs, and cause the designers of the Viper series to do the same.
The camo scheme has the look I like, so on to the decals. ugh. I tried to use my own custom decals and they are ... bleah. I have had recommendations since to try the Testor's paper, which this was not, and a different fixer for them. For now, I have only a few special ones and the rest of the placard decals are coming from the F4 kit.
Overall, I'm not too terribly unhappy with the result. They'll do for this run, and next time, I'll know more. I will use weathering and use to try to fade these in more and give it the look I'm going for. So far, so good. Moving forward.