The de Bergerac effect
As several people have pointed out on various forums and builds, the nose cone on the DiAgostini is a bit off. I won't go into all of the details about what's wrong, or why it probably ended up that way. Frankly, 99% of the population wouldn't even notice it... at least not consciously. Unlike other inaccuracies, this one may create a subtle sense of unease in people. It changes the profile, and means the images from inside the cockpit don't match the exterior. So, some fans may say something along the lines of "it's not quite right."
Don't get me wrong, there are several inaccuracies in the model, and most really don't matter (although I'm likely to fix a few more along the way). This one, however, is a bit more bothersome. In the end, I think the modified nose is both more beholden to the original inspiration (B-29 bomber cockpit), will fit the modified cockpit pieces much better by allowing the side consoles ride a bit higher, and just looks slicker.
Now that the cone is done, I need to make more progress on the cockpit details that go into the cone. This includes photoetch, 3D printed pieces, and an absurd amount of fiber optics. Painting has already begun on this, but it'll probably be a couple weeks before I have made enough progress to share. Between now and then, I'll share some of the progress being made on the ramp and lower haul. Part of the reason I'm working those in parallel is to determine exactly how long the fiber optic needs to be to reach from the cockpit to where I plan to house an 8x8 RGBW LED grid. This grid will drive the interior lights on consoles, etc.