Repair the edges evolved into:
I am rebuilding the primary aircraft and today repainted the tail assembly. The driver in this decision was me recalling my own flying days when aircraft in formation at any distance at all appear like silhouettes regardless of the light of the day; so a darker toned aircraft against a lighter skyscape is the way I should have painted the composition from the onset. Once the Canberra is complete; I shall do the same to the Phantom in addition to adding a second Phantom in the distance. I'll get there in the end - meanwhile I am considering several options for my next summer project but have not yet decided what it will be, other than it will almost certainly be a WWII ground based scene.