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  1. HI, Finally getting caught up with my to do list and wanted to get the completed build posted here. The kit was sent to me by ZM prior to the US NATS for a build and it is a fantastic kit. Alll but a couple of the F-4S mods were added to the J kit to make the new Phantom mark. The big change is an entirely new wing that is set up for not only the slats, but includes the belly strap and strengthening plates that the "S" carried. The even got the outer slat shape correct where as others have simply used the USAF profile slat. The other detail they got right is the inner slat
  2. Thanks for the kind words everyone. These ZM Phantoms are. just fun to build, at least compared to my usual 1/32 scale year long projects. I really like the way the GT Resin intakes and exhausts turned out too. These will be ready for sale in a month or so. HI Exdraken, Not that I know of, but you may be right...I just don't know. I do know that all of the Ferris schemes of this sort were wrap around schemes, and the drop tank was included in the scheme as well. Early on the Nose gear doors were painted black to show a simulated canopy to disguise the top a
  3. HI everyone, I am please to post my completed F-4S build. This is the new Zoukei-Mura kit and it is outstanding. I did a build thread here on ARC for those who want to see how it goes together. This is the 4th ZM Phantom I have built. Here is the link to the build thread: Thanks for looking.
  4. Here some of the painting pictures after decals. I did not take any during the painting process, sorry. I used Testors Model Master acrylics thinned 35% with Tamiya Lacquer thinner. I use several thin coats of color and sand with 2000 grit in between. This was made more complicated by 4 colors used, but not to difficult, just time consuming. After the Decal application and a coat of thinned Testers Gloss Lacquer, I used some lightened and darkened shades of the 4 colors to add aging affect and fading. These Ferris schemes took on a very faded look when in actual use. Many of the pics
  5. The kit ones work just fine and are the best of any model in plastic. Essential there is one seam to deal with on the outside of the intake as the inner seam is not visible when assembled. The kit instructions have you installing the assemble inner intake to the wing/fuselage bottom along with the engines prior to assembling the fuselage top and bottom. The outer intakes are then installed later. I find this awkward having built three that way as the outer intake has to be manipulated some to get ti in place. Painting is also an issue behind the splitter plate, although you can cut it
  6. Next is the assembled jet. Really straight forward but I want to point out a few things I did that will show up in various pics as I move to completion. I careful thin the trailing edge of the slats I carefully opened the gap between the elevator slat and the elevator airfoil. thinned the outer wing strake....way to thick but is has to be molded this way to not warp or be damaged int he box I used the black primer/molted white/then paint method for the first time. I used Tamiya decanted gloss black lacquer. I let it sit for a few hours to de-gass it and
  7. here are some pics of the elevators. With careful work and some patience you can cleanup the plastic from between the slat and the elevator to ad some realism to those parts. ON thing that the "S" kit offers that is new is a part to place the elevators in the take-off position. So along with the extended Slats, dropped flaps, and with the addition of some pilots you can display the jet in a carrier launch position. ZM even makes a repainted base of a Deck catapult section complete with launch and hold back cables. Finish was Tamiya Decanted gloss black as a base
  8. Now that I have my Photo area set up, some better shots. The last photo is from the 2017IPMS NATS, The model was chosen as"Best Large Scale Phantom" thx
  9. Time for a long overdue update. Here are some shots of the GT Resin intakes that were prototyped on this build. Here is the assembled wing showing the alignment of the outside hinge line and the leading edge slat pocket. a couple of notes, with the first one to READ the instructions completely and thoroughly. Before you glue on the wing top, you need to decide if you are using the outer wing pylons and
  10. Update time: First is the test fitting of the fuselage around the cockpit: Detail shot of the Wheel well and speed brake housing painted: Sorry for the poor quality, but it is the only picture I have of the instrument panels after applying the kit decals. The side panels and others were painted but the instrument faces use the kit decals. I used Micro Sol and they set just fine using 3-4 applications and a little Q-tip dipped in solution for pressure. The Fuselage Glued together and partially comp
  11. Here are some excerpts from the 32 page Instruction manual that I thought should be highlighted. First is the note I mentioned above about getting the tub together correctly so that the Fuselage closes as designed. The other is the option to build the model in a takeoff configuration. Zoukei-Mura even has a base to offer with the catapult track, and cables so that the modeler can build the "S" in a take off configuration. Or perhaps use the parts on a J kit???? You though need pilots. ZM did include all the parts for the extended nose strut, f
  12. This update will be the basic cockpit tub construction. I am building enough of the pit to be able to install it it not he fuselage and close it up. The seats, Panels, and any other details that can be added at final assembly are left for later. One important note is to assemble the tub/wheel well assembly exactly as possible. The tolerances are very tight with respect to the tub and its fit with in the fuselage. If you don't pay attention as some builders found out with their F-4J build, the tub ends up to wide for the fuselage. IN those cases the builders trimmed the side panels to ma
  13. The first thing I did was to review the large instruction manual. Becoming familiar with the construction makes the project much more enjoyable as most of us deviate from the manual's build sequence some time during the build. Usually this is done to make painting and finishing easier. I build in sub assemblies which I hope are not a source of confusion. IF so just fire away with a question. I started first with the main wing. These are completely different parts form the J kit, and are very detailed, including the Belly strap and strengthening plates as shown below:
  14. Hi Everyone. I was please to be in receipt of the new SWS 1/48 F-4S kit from Zoukei-Mura. As the second kit in their new series of 1/48 F-4 Phantoms, It follows the fantastic F-4J kit in offering details never offered to the Phantom lover in any scale for a slat wing Model. I am building this for the coming US IPMS NATS so this will be a quick build in terms of posting time, as I am working on it 8-10 hours a day on most days. In addition to the kit, I will be using HWG Seat belts, Master Model Metal AOA and Pitot set, GT Resin Exhaust nozzles, with a few added scratch details thro
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