The fuselage was also slightly twisted (ah, not so different from those '70s examples, then!) and I was unable to find a way to get it suitably straightened out - so the tailplane assembly as a whole is at a slight angle to the rest of the model, when looking from the front or rear.
I used Humbrol Metalcote Gloss Silver for the main finish - and painted on with a brush, no less. It turned out very nicely - I was very happy. Add to that the nice shading and weathering effect achieved with a soft pencil and it all made for a nice finish. The antenna wire was made from stretched elastic thread bought from a knitwear dealer. Humbrol Metalcote is excellent, what with people going on about the new "Metalizer" stuff as though someone just invented the effect - these have been in my toolbox for over 10 years and do an outstanding job - 'dull' or polished.
The decals were reasonable and relatively tough - no silvering suffered. The cockpit glass was pretty awful, though, with a very poor moulding making painting the frames particularly challenging. Still, for this scale I suppose it might be considered within the acceptable range - though airline models don't seem to have a similar issue, so why does this one?
Although I am relatively pleased with the end result (in comparison to what a pain it was to build), I wouldn't build another one.