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  1. Hello Anthony, you have some very good photos to point out the complex shape. I think everyone who is genuinely interested in the subject will notice the "point". It is all about the curvature of the intake funnel's "corner". The "corner" is more rounded at the point "curvature starts here" than at the point "highest point". I think the photo of Black Mike taken from the rear shows this well. There is another complex shape to deal with: the canopies and especially the area around them... But we'll discuss that later. Carry on your inspiring work.
  2. A small step for a modeller, one giant leap towards the correct shape Those intakes sit far better than the original ones. Nice work! What is that weird looking filler called you are using there? I made a "prototype" of the Revell kit intake parts and cut down the height also (after staring at the parts and photographs for hours). I think you are very much on a correct track. The contour of the top side is more curved than in F-4J. There are also some very useful photos in Patrick Martin's book "British Phantoms" (Patrick is here on BM). I used strips of polystyrene at
  3. I'm also waiting for that "promised" HK kit... Anthony, here is an excellent photo for you showing the shape: https://boxartden.com/reference/gallery/index.php/Historical-Library/Royal-Air-Force/RAF-Yearbook-1981/Royal-Air-Force-Yearbook-1981_Page_05-960 Cheers, Antti
  4. More nice progress with the fuselage Anthony. Brilliant work with the rear end. I used spacers in my model (plastic fuselage) to get the fuselage width correct but over time those spacers formed vertical ridges on the fuselage sides. Oh well, more sanding and re-scribing... Can't get my eyes off those scratch built grilles Cheers, Antti
  5. Hello Dave, have you seen this? https://boxartden.com/reference/gallery/index.php/Historical-Library/Royal-Air-Force/RAF-Yearbook-1991-Special---Gulf-War/Royal-Air-Force-Yearbook-Special-Air-War-in-the-Gulf_Page_47-960 Look at the wing (just above the third guy from the right); to my eye it looks like there is something lighter than the wing surface. Unfortunately this is the best photo in this yearbook. Cheers, Antti
  6. Hello Anthony, you and Kerry are definitely "The Pathfinder Force Number 1, Phantom" Somehow I feel that you guys will create some more new "goodies" for a British Phantom (I'll buy them all at once then). Those Vari-Ramps look very good with some gray paint on them. Cheers, Antti
  7. Hello Tom, Humbrol 75 is an excellent match for British Dark Green. It is much duller than the green used on British bombs. I would try a mix of Humbrol paints 3 and 100; Brunswick Green is bright enough and rusty red (Hu 100) is very strong paint to turn the shade towards a bronze green. Only a few droplets will do the job. Cheers, Antti
  8. Hello Anthony, words fail me... Those Speys are among the very best kit accessories I've ever seen. And they are "just" prototypes you say. I'm very much with John T here: do not cut the tail off. It is a heavy model and you might encounter some serious problems trying to make a strong joint afterwards. On the other hand, do you guys know any jewelry shop, technical university (or some other company creating small, detailed objects) down there as they might have the equipment to do a LIDAR scan? The guys at the university of applied sciences at my current hometown have
  9. Hello Martin, I already like this a lot! I think the paint scheme you chose will be a real eye catcher. Something very different. The brown putty used around cockpit windows is brown (like in flower pots) when new. It gets slightly lighter over the years. That darker brown is a completely different stuff. This is an MiG-21 BIS. The stencils are mostly in black and some in red. Originally everything was in Russian language but some were replaced with Finnish. On earlier MiG-21 F-13s stenciling was in English (and some on Finnish). Most common col
  10. This is a real beauty Ken, well done! The paint work looks excellent. We use these aircraft for a multitude of tasks. The most "visible" uses are target towing and aerial survey (one third of the Finnish territory is photographed each summer, so there is always fresh photographs available). Learjets are also used for maritime patrolling, tactical photo reconnaissance duties and ELINT missions. Today more and more transport flights are also carried out; sometimes as far as to Afghanistan. Learjets became operational in 1981 to replace the ageing Il-28Rs. At current MLU:s take place
  11. Excellent info John, thank you for sharing the pictures Anthony, the kit has a "bulged" cover plate (or door as McDonnel would have called it) for the probe when it should be flat; it is wrong for both British and USN Phantoms. The last picture John Posted shows this well. This will be possibly the easiest fix for anyone building the Tamiya kit. Cheers, Antti
  12. Oh, it seems still, that I can press the "Like" button only once I guess those re-heaters are the most accurate ones in any scale! They really look good in place. Together with that re-shaped rear fuselage this is some very serious Phantom building. Already wanting for more... Cheers, Antti
  13. You are welcome John I still have one Airfix 1/48 scale Javelin in the stash; I simply can't made up my mind whether to build a FAW.4 (I got the AlleyCat conversion set) or that red and white trials aircraft. One of the oldest surviving models in my collection is an Airfix FAW.9. And a Frog one waiting for refurbishing (if I can find all the bits and pieces). Cheers, Antti
  14. Hello Anthony, Those vari-ramps look great too. Is it really possible to create the perforated patterns by 3D printing? My friend created an Extra 300L (aerobatic plane) in 1/72 scale a couple of years ago and I wasn't impressed. He was using one of the first consumer models purchased from Alibaba or something like that. Of course the current High-End equipment can create much better results. A new cockpit would be also an useful item, because the Tamiya parts aren't very accurate in measurements or in detail. Anthony, you are right i might start the work m
  15. Still waiting for news about the HK Models' 1/32 scale British Phantom... That RF-4B would be interesting too. Cheers, Antti
  16. Wow, Kerry will be a very popular guy in the future! Those re-heaters look great. I'm not sure whether I ever going to build this conversion myself or not, but I certainly want to purchase a pair or two... Cheers, Antti
  17. Hello John, I think it is possible but I would firstly use some stiff Plasticard to create a firm basis for Milliput and re-shaping. The rear end in the Airfix kit is rather "fragile" without the FAW.9 jet pipes and especially the end plate. Another major thing to sort out is the wing leading edge. See here for further info: Cheers, Antti
  18. Excellent work Ilius. Those landing gear bays look very good. Cheers, Antti
  19. Lovely pair Paul, very well done! Having flown Twin-Otter myself, I'm always delighted to see one built (mine is still very much WIP). To my eye your Mosquito looks even better. It is nice to see these rare paint schemes come to life. Cheers, Antti
  20. Hello ilius, looking forward with this build; it is always nice to see more Javelins. One more thing about the the re-fueling "boom": it was only used on ferry flights, never on operational sorties. It created a huge penalty to the aircraft's performance. The pilot had to use re-heat while receiving fuel from the tanker and actually using quite a lot of it while doing so. That is why the further two drop tanks were added. Cheers, Antti
  21. Hello Anthony, those intakes and especially the grilles look fantastic; excellent work! I really admire your attention to both detail and correct shapes. Well done. I came to the same conclusion with you guys about the "hump" on the intake shoulder. The joint is flat on top and the hump is only on the outer side (pretty complex shape that is). Also the highest point is further backwards when comparing with F-4J. Tamiya got the shape wrong even for F-4B and J; there should also be a "hump" although further forward. I added plastic strips and Milliput on mine to get the s
  22. Hello David and all, At least I have uploaded this photo earlier. The plane is a Swedish PR.XIX (or S31 as it is called in Sweden). The photo comes from a digitized crash report. Cheers, Antti
  23. Hello guys, Some colour information based on my observations on the example here in Finland (that Mike just mentioned). Using the Swedish NCS (Natural Colour System) colour fan I got the following codes and closest FS equivalents: - Olive Drab: S7005-G80Y close to FS 36134 - Neutral Grey: S5503-B close to FS 36270, which is "one step" too light - "Bell Green": S7020-G70Y close to FS 34097 (landing gear and doors, cockpit) And some photos: Bell Green visible on the struts and ZCY in the main gear bay: Nose landing
  24. Hello Pappy, go with the resin intakes. Even if they require some "fine tuning" it will be nothing compared with the expected amount of work required with kit parts. Cheers, Antti
  25. Hello guys, I was looking at the two photos of Italeri and Esci kits. It seems that: - there is a longitudinal "step" on the fuselage sides on both kits running from from the quarter panels. The fuselage side should curve smoothly - Italeri nose looks slightly better and more life-like. Or is it just the photos? - Wind screen panels should be flat, not curved. Italeri wind screen looks better - side window has the lower front corner cut off, when it shouldn't That fly-by photo fooled me Excellent work Harry! Cheers, Antti
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