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Gene K

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  1. On your next Has kit, cut the edges of the ailerons, then lightly score the top hinge line, and heavily score the bottom hinge line, creating a shallow trough. Then carefully bend the aileron down "just a tad". That process will save you having to build up the aileron leading edge and reattaching, the result being a smooth transition between the top wing and aileron ... leaving only a white plastic stress line as evidence. That process will also work with your new FM kit, but it's simpler because the aileron edges as presented in the kit are almost cut all the way through! GeneK
  2. Since his seat is closer to the CG, there is less of a moment arm, so the GIB has fewer Gs . Problem is, in the heat of battle, he never knows when they're coming ... but the rubber radar hood is a convenient face-down helmet resting place. Gene K
  3. OK, here ... It's an important Crew Coordination effort - the back seater needs to do the same reset! Gene K
  4. The flaps would normally be up - it's a locked position vice the free drooping ailerons and speed brakes. There could be a condition where the crew chief may have asked the pilot to lower the flaps before shut down, and the flaps would then be in either half or full down position before start. But that would be unusual (except in Germany where flaps were routinely lowered before shutdown). As Giorgio pointed out, since the airplanes were flown ALOT, there would be little idle time for the ailerons to droop much. How much? Maybe 2-3mm in 1/72? "Depends" ... One item that you could rectify is the lack of Aux Air Doors on the Hasegawa kits. These are fully open anytime the gear handle is in the down position. Simply cut the doors out and fabricate new ones (interior is extremely hard to see so a little relief could be inserted ... or on the next model, get these.) You can use your FM kit as reference. Not that it would help since you've already done an excellent job re-scribing the fuselage top, but if you do another Hasegawa Phantom, this handy tool is worth considering - comes in 1/72 and 1/48 for both USN and USAF kits. Also available at Hobby Search, for example, here's the USN 1/72 version. Gene K
  5. Giorgio, You need to reset the G meter in both cockpits since they show the aircraft was Over-G'd. Gene K
  6. Are we mixing up bulged wings (to house the fatter tires) with antenna housing "bumps" under the wings that Johnson referred to? All the Hasegawa B/N models I've had/have (quite a few) ALL have the thin wings that also have the Antenna housings (Sprue B). If you go to the Hobby Search web site and search for "1/72 Hasegawa phantom), you'll get a listing which, if you expand a specific model, will show details for that kit, including sprues ... like this. Gene K
  7. I've been removing those "bumps" for the last 31 years when building Hasegawa 1/72 USAF Phantoms. The wing section with the "bumps" (sprue C) is common to ALL Hasegawa kits except the F-4B/N (thin wings - Sprue B ) and the RF-4B (has both Sprues B and C). As an aside, the shape of the antennas actually differed between models and timeframe, but that's going off topic ... and I'm trying to keep off the bad boy list . I think you may enjoy this excellent three part F-4C Conversion (from 1/48 Tamiya F-4B to Old's F-4C). Good reference pictures. Use Chrome and right click to Translate. Gene K
  8. Actually, I use .010", so must have has a slip of the brain when I said .015". Great job, especially on the compressor faces. Gene K
  9. Loren, It's apparent from the Sea Dart that you are a Resin Master Builder. Unfortunately, it turns out that I'm a Resin Master Collector, my Collect-AIre stash being 17, mainly those patterned by the Russian. Pin holes in the newer resin aren't a factor, but thin pieces like wing strakes are fragile. In that regard, after your post I whiffed the Russian's FJ-3 Fury (the one that Kitty Hawk "referenced" for their kit), and both my kits are blemish free, one in the old dark resin, and the other in the more pleasing light tan. Sorry to stray off topic. Gene K
  10. @Martian thanks for the seaplane education. @LorenSharp Really appreciating the skills you applied to this challenging kit! Lest anyone get a bad impression of Collect-Aire -- the Sea Dart is one of the earlier (1995?) kits from Lou Maglio, Mr. Collect AIre. He initially (1990?) used different pattern makers and European resin casters before settling in with a superb Russian around 1998 (or so) whose patterns were cast in the US. The Russian-patterned kits are very good - one can check with Mr. Google, of course, but a good starting point for those interested in "researching" Collect AIre is here at Scalemates. Check out the superb builds by Fotios Rauch there! Gene K
  11. Being American ... a trot is what a horse does ... or what a human does after consuming too much spicy Mexican food. Google wasn't much help. Gene
  12. Check PM. The Silhouette file is ready to post, but I'll wait until I add some other goodies. You can download the scale SVG here, and below is a thumbnail (which is NOT to scale). I laminated two .015" plastic pieces and sanded to shape. Still shaking my head at FineMolds' frustrating omissions! Gene K
  13. I'll make cut files for use in my Silhouette Cameo, and I'll post them here in the Scale Models Paint Mask site. I just recently found this site, and I think it can begin to realize some of its grand potential as folks become aware of it. Among other things, I've posted cut files for FineMolds long and short nose canopy masks, so if you have a Silhouette cutter it will be easy to mask the FM canopies. I also posted accompanying SVG files to use in other cutters like the Cricut ... or to print and cut manually. The site owner has added a new section where folks can post files for Non-Mask Applications, as for the plates you mentioned, Andrew. My next post in that section will be for reinforcement belly straps to fit the FineMolds F-4E (and for those converting the E to the G model). Gene K
  14. Iain, Just for comparison, I used DHL Express from HLJ -- shipping cost to US was $43 for: 2 Phantom kits, four Weapons Sets, and one magazine. Took HLJ three days to get the package to DHL, and DHL delivered it TWO (!) days after leaving Tokyo. Pretty expensive, but pretty amazing. Gene K
  15. Afraid I don't understand your logic, sorry. Since the beginning of the FineMolds Phantom adventure, I've been ultra positive in praising them and the kits, but the Weapons Kits' omissions is/are just not right ... on principle. FineMolds, in the spirit of completeness, should also have included the Sidewinder launch rails to go with the pylons, rather than suggesting to get them from their Phantom kit. All the missing parts are small and have already been tooled, so why not just include them? Great service on the J model you just got! From whom did you order it, and what type of shipping did you use? FM is starting to pack the D models, so the 5 Oct ship-out-of-the-factory-door looks on schedule. Gene K
  16. Well ... I got my Weapons Sets, and am impressed with the moldings, but not the meager contents and high price for such few parts. FineMolds marketing is "calculatingly unscrupulous", as shown by the omissions in the Phantom kits. However, the intentional omissions in the Weapons Sets is a low. Specifically: I bought the Weapons Sets in part because I wanted fancy new Inboard pylons to use on Phantom kits other than FineMolds (whose kits already include the inboard pylons). However, to get complete pylons from the Weapons Sets, I have to make the parts that FineMolds could have easily included??? Yes, I know, that actually takes a few minutes of modelling ... . Gene K
  17. Yes, 1/72. I'll post the Silhouette and SVG files ... will contact you by PM since I'm "sort of" off topic if Giorgio's builds don't need them. Gene K
  18. Giorgio, Here's that link to the Silhouette Hasegawa masks. Included is an SVG file for use in other cutters or manual cutting. Do the Phantoms you are modeling have the belly strap? Gene K
  19. Jay, Since the FM Weapons Sets are now on the way to hobby shops, you could do a little more FineMolds forking out by ordering some weapons to outfit your C and D models. Outstanding links, and here's another outstanding link ... to one of the F-4EJ airframes shown in your links. I'm sure you'll agree that Craig Baldwin really did a bang up job in customizing his FM kit. Gene K
  20. Amen on the [Japanese] special schemes. And as @Chrisj2003 said, how about all the F-4C, D, and E schemes, not to mention the even more attractive USN and Marine F-4J!! And as @baldwin8 suggested, maybe after the F-2 is all laid out, the FM team can move on to the next non-Japanese Phantom ... like new wings (et al) to make an F-4B or slatted F-4S or F-4E ... or ... . For me, 2022 will again be a great modelling year thanks to FineMolds. Gene K
  21. The F-4EJKai is currently available at both Hobby Link Japan (On Sale!!) and Hobby Search. But you may have to source more interesting decals if you don't want these blasé "generic" markings. Gene K
  22. Well, that didn't happen. For FM Phantom fans, "just" two reboxings of the F-4EJ, the first in December, and the other in January. Shades of Hasegawa. Gene K
  23. Weapons Sets are on schedule. And as concerns the product announcement scheduled on Tues 21 Sep at noon in Japan ... that "translates to" 10PM CST tonight (Monday). I'll be checking then to see if we get a slatted Phantom. Gene K
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