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  1. Giorgio, You need to reset the G meter in both cockpits since they show the aircraft was Over-G'd. Gene K
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. @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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. What's the advantage of using this glue, in particular the black version. Appears to be the equivalent of Tamiya Extra Thin Quick Drying? Gene K.
  21. Ship date now listed as 5 Oct (was to be in September) . Some recent FM Milestones: 16 Sep - F-4J Marines shipped* 21 Sep - New product announcement (we Phantom fans may be disappointed since FM says (via Google Translate), "I want to sell products made in Japan from Japanese manufacturers! It is a new product with such enthusiasm". 22 Sep - Weapons Sets to be shipped 5 Oct - F-4D to be shipped * "ship" means leave FM warehouse to go to hobby shops. What a great month for us from FM!! Well, at least for me. Gene K
  22. HLJ normally will have them ready to ship to customers 3-4 days after FM ships to them, so you're looking at around 9/26-27 in your (and my) Private Warehouse for the Weapons Sets. Gene K
  23. Good news from FineMolds -- both Weapons Sets will ship from FM to shops on Sept 22. Here's an illustration that FM just posted to show some potential weapons load outs: Still no word on the F-4D ship date. Gene K
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