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Gene K

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  1. Thanks very much!! Could you give a reference measurement, for example the length of the long grill, from flat end to tip of angled end? Gene K
  2. Very nice! Any chance you can sell/share the decal file? Gene K
  3. With the trace you made, select entire graphic; right click and "release compound path"; click on an inner line to select, and delete it; repeat for other inner lines; then when all inner lines are eliminated, right click and "Group". In my opinion, the Pixscan process, as well as the Studio trace program are not precise enough for 1/72 ... good enough for the camo pattern, but not for small lettering or national insignia. As an alternate (there are many), you could import the image you want to cut into Studio and use the drawing tools to manually trace the image. That creates a vector that cuts perfectly. Roundels are easy, as is lettering, especially if you have the Windows font installed. Unfortunately, there's a learning curve to conquer for each Silhouette process, but if you plan to do multiples as with your Spits, all is well, well worth it. Finally (!), if you haven't tried it, get some Oramask 810 stencil material. Many sources available, including buying small quantities via ebay. Gene K
  4. I just thought with all the beautiful detail you're adding, that you had a plan for the egregious Airfix omission. Yes, I was referring to the top and bottom of the intakes, and also on the back end by the exhausts. If you'll be using the tanks, shave off the raised "seams" on the right sides. Airfix research is definitely lacking! Gene K
  5. It's on the sheet Giorgio has in his kit: Gene K
  6. I've missed a lot of posts, so am catching up. Yes, during the time frame we're discussing, the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing at England Air Force Base had three squadrons -- the 74th Flying Tigers (blue), the 75th Tiger Sharks (black and white checks), and the 76th Vanguards (red). Only the 74th and 76th went to the Gulf. From the very cool 163FS Blacksnakes : As Boom175 pointed out, that's a "lightning diverter strip". I've never seen one, but my experience is earlier than the airplane you're modelling. However, my Desert Storm library, as well as the page to which Sting76 linked, have many canopy shots, and none have that strip ... as he already pointed out. Giorgio, you've really added a lot of beautiful detail since my last visit, and I especially admire your cockpit and canopy work -- SIMPLY OUTSTANDING. Gene K
  7. Impressively clean work, DenPhill! I'm "anxious" to see how/if you handle the missing vents! Gene K
  8. Nice refresher project. If in the future you decide to do another and add some "enhancements", drop me a PM and I'll send some seamless intake patterns. Gene K
  9. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    My feelings exactly, Dave. I just got mine (x2), and I was impressed with the engineering and the many options in the kit, but was disappointed in the molding – the panel lines are soft, and the fit of more than a few parts required more fiddling than I anticipated (enjoyable modeling though). The missing vents aside, I was surprised that Airfix had some other miscues, like: having seams on both sides of the wing tanks (should only be on left side of both tanks); having no lines separating the canopies from the frames (only on the one piece canopy); not molding recesses in the folding outer wing pieces to mate with the main wing (Airfix “fixed” this in the instructions by having us file off the protrusions that were to have gone into the recesses); and including funny TERs and pylons as Murph pointed out. Also, the stabilator slots are too lightly done, and the representation of the pieces that hold the slots proud of the stab appear to be lined up perpendicular to the leading edge instead of properly being parallel to the longitudinal axis of the acft (shades of the Academy 1/48 Phantom). I say “appear” because I had a hard time telling for certain owing to the indistinct moldings. I'm enjoying the build, but think I'll hold off getting more copies as I had initially planned, and instead look to my Fujimi stash to explore cross-kitting. Gene K
  10. Dave, I'm REALLY( !) trying to like this kit, but the fit is challenging. I don't mind fitting, sanding, fitting, sanding ... but I was expecting more considering the state of art molding one sees with, for example, Academy "click" fits. I think the soft fit is a result of the very soft Airfix plastic. In short, it's a modeller's model kit that leaves a lot to be added for those who care for more detail and accuracy. Gene K
  11. I finally received my two Airfix FG.1 Phantoms yesterday from Hannants, and anxiously opened one of them to start a preliminary fit. I was impressed with the engineering and the many options in the kit, but was just a little disappointed in the molding – the panel lines are soft, and the fit of a few parts required a little more fiddling than I anticipated (enjoyable modeling). Of course I again had to shake my head in disbelief at the lack of prominent vents, but was surprised that Airfix had some other miscues , like: having seams on both sides of the wing tanks (should only be on left side of both tanks); having no lines separating the canopies from the frames (only on the one piece canopy); not molding recesses in the folding outer wing pieces to mate with the main wing (Airfix “fixed” this in the instructions by having us file off the protrusions that were to have gone into the recesses); and including TERs that look like nothing I’ve seen (but perhaps British Phantoms used a version different from the US?). I had to do a double take on the stabilator slots – they are too lightly done, and the representation of the pieces that hold the slots proud of the stab appear to be lined up perpendicular to the leading edge instead of properly being parallel to the longitudinal axis of the acft (shades of the Academy 1/48 Phantom). I say “appear” because I had a hard time telling for certain owing to the indistinct moldings. Overall, this is an enjoyable build for me! I appreciate the small details as the wing fold and the inside of the Aux Air Doors, and the alternate vertical stab and wing center strengthening straps. The engineering, as of the intakes, is terrific, but I especially like Airfix’s outstanding approach to giving the modeler options like the alternate positioning of the leading and trailing edge flaps, the radome, the speed brakes, and the front gear – all reasons for me to order “a few” more ... hopefully the next itation will have some fixes. Yes ... sort of. The outer wing does not slide into the inner, rather there's a 1cm overlap extension on the outer wing (on both folded and not) that fits onto the bottom of the main wing. the dashed line is the seam that Falcon pointed out. Gene K
  12. Airfix 1/72 Phantom FG.1 in Stock at Hornby

    Thanks for that heads up, Rabbit Leader. Nice honor to have him participating!! Gene K (Owner of all of his outstanding Phantom books)
  13. Here is a reference book that has all the detail you'd ever want to know about the Hog. Your challenge, of course, is to sort out what was on that particular arframe during the time frame you're modeling. Gene K
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