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  1. Earlier in the build I think I did refer to a couple of other Italeri 1/48th scale Phantom kits and I just unearthed this RF-4C from the stash. It was the granddaddy of them all, being released in 1980 and was moulded in glossy silver plastic with decals for a USAF unit and also a West German RF-4E. Interestingly it was also released by Testors in 1980 with markings for the same RF-4C and a USMC RF-4B which I think is the kit that Ron VanDerwarker is referring to above. This kit has the hard bulged wings and I understand that could apply to some of the later RF-4B aircraft however I am not an expert so will leave that alone! RF-4C kit by Michael Baldock, on Flickr I also posed the question "Testors or Italeri?" and the photo below appears to contradict my theory that the base model was produced by Testors! RF-4C nose by Michael Baldock, on Flickr Am just thinking I might as well build all three kits and clear some space in the stash. I could sell them but they would go for pennies so not really worth that effort. Michael
  2. Thanks gingerbob, I think I am going to try your idea of adding styrene sheet "plates" to build up the lower side, or at least to the nose cone. Michael
  3. Thanks Ron, I think that you have identified the problem and the solution. maybe next time I might try a tad more dry-fitting before cementing things together! Michael
  4. Yep "Ouch!" and "Argh! Bummer" about sum it up However I am not deterred! Today I cemented the nose cone onto the model and then gave it a spray of Halfords grey primer and took a step back to decide what to do next. I am happy with the 'good' side of the model as seen below. Maybe just a little filler on the nose cone join but I am confident I can make something of this. IMGP3329 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr The 'not so good' side will need work however I placed the intake splitter plate on the model and I can see more clearly where I need to work on this. Just not sure how yet IMGP3330 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr My decision is to continue with the build. Overall, for a kit of the early 80's I am pleased with how it has gone together. The next step is to add some F-4S detail under the wings: IMGP3328 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr Plastic card and filler next Michael
  5. A couple of posts ago I asked what could possibly go wrong? It wasn't entirely tongue in cheek, I did try to build the F-4G version of this kit quite few years ago and it ended up in the bin! Lets see why... Have added the cockpit tub to the main fuselage. Looks good from this angle: IMGP3324 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr A closer view of the nose and cockpit section. It looks a bit sparse for a Phantom but this is an old kit so happy to make allowances for that. IMGP3325 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr The join between the cockpit base and the fuselage is very good on this side, had had an initial sanding before a coat of primer: IMGP3326 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr And this is what went wrong: IMGP3327 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr I think what has happened here is that the cockpit assembly connects to the fuselage halves via two tabs on either side, these tabs push the fuselage sides too far apart hence the lack of fit. I decided to get one side to sit flush (my previous photo) and accept the misfit on just one side. If I complete this build it will be going into a display cabinet so only the good side will be visible. At the same time I wonder if I can fix this with maybe filler or plastic card? Or is it even worth trying? Am going to think on it. Michael
  6. AIM-9 Sidewinders! Which ones should I fit to this Phantom? Bear in mind that the F-4S Phantom only served with VF-103 from 1981 to January 1983 so quite a narrow window. The kit offering appears to be the AIM-9J/P which I understand was only used by the US Air Force so definitely not correct for this build! The Academy kit supplies four marks of the Sidewinder, I am already using the AIM-9D on my F-4B build, so I would like to hang the AIM-9L on this F-4S. Michael
  7. Just looking in the Academy F-4B spares box to see what could be used to upgrade this old Testors kit of over 30 years ago and I identified these parts: IMGP3307size by Michael Baldock, on Flickr Burner cans a definite possibility and I have started to reduce on in size to see whether it might fit. Several antennae. The kit wheels are decent but again the Academy wheels would be just a little better. Michael
  8. Thanks for the lead, I took a look and there is an update set for the F-4S although it is for the Hasegawa kit. Wll be interesting to see what improvements the Steel Beach set could make to the Testors kit as I proceed with this build. Michael
  9. The final stage yesterday afternoon was to put the cockpit together. The end result looked like this: IMGP3300 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr The cockpit base is one piece and is supposed to have a backing panel as well as two plain instrument panels where the instruments are depicted by decals. Each of the seats is made up of three parts, a left and right half and a panel on top with the ejector seat handles. I have just put them together and painted them. Hmm. One IPMS reviewer described the cockpit as "a work of fiction" and I am inclined to agree. I did make one change, I had a rear seater's instrument panel spare from my Academy F-4B kit so I decided to use that in place of the flat piece of plastic supplied by Testors and I dry painted all the instrument panels with silver. I think it is located too far forward but I am going to wait until I fit the assembly into the forward section. IMGP3298 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr The next stage was to cement the two fuselage halves together: IMGP3302 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr Well, it all seems to be going along swimmingly well, even mounted the cockpit base onto the forward lower fuselage panel ready to be installed into the main fuselage. IMGP3303 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr What could possibly go wrong? Michael
  10. Got to work on this kit yesterday afternoon, this photo shows many of the kit parts after cutting off the trees and a trim. As far as I can tell the only additional parts specific to this F-4S kit as opposed to the other Testors Phantoms are the two nose cone halves. The two upper wing halves clearly show the slat runners which distinguish the F-4S variant of the Navy Phantoms. IMGP3295 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr So, Testors or Italeri? This is the lightbulb moment of the build: IMGP3293 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr The original kit is Testors! I got to start looking at the parts and I noticed that locating pins were pretty far and few in between especially on these fuel tank halves. In fact they went together much better than expected. IMGP3294 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr. The next step was to start the cockpit area... Michael
  11. Thanks Ron, great job on the RF-4B and shows what can be done if you have the courage to chop and mix kits. I didn't know about the Testors buy-in to Fujimi, that makes life even more interesting! Thanks for the photos of the VF-103 jets, exactly what I was looking for Michael
  12. I have really got into the scale modelling doldrums this year and am in danger of ending 2019 having just finished one kit in the year. That isn't good! I have decided that I want to build something fairly straightforward and thin the stash out so I have chosen this kit: IMGP3285 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr It is the Italeri 1/48th F-4S Phantom which was released sometime in the very early 90's. It is a very basic kit with raised panel lines, quite rigid plastic, and probably a fifth of the parts of a modern Zoukei-Mura offering. I bought it on eBay 12 years ago for a fiver so that might be a tenth of the Z-M offering The obligatory view of what is in the box: IMGP3286 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr The Italeri boxed Phantom line has been interesting over the years because they have used the old ESCI moulds and also appear to have had a tie-in with Testors in the USA. This F-4S kit uses the same core parts as their F-4E, F-4G and maybe RF-4C Testors based offerings of the 1980's whereas their ESCI based Phantoms appeared from the early noughties. Personally I think that the ESCI based Phantoms are by far the better kits. Back to the kit, what can I build? IMGP3297 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr It isn't a sophisticated set of decals but I do like the choices, USN VF-151 and USMC VMFA-321 birds in the final TPS paint scheme used before these old gals went to the boneyard. I do have several items to add to the build: IMGP3287 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr I will be using AK Interactive acrylic paints for airbrush, a SuperScale decal set dated 2006 focused on VF-103, and maybe some unused parts from an Academy F-4B kit. Testors or Italeri? All will be revealed Michael
  13. Ok the images have gone wrong I have spent much of the evening fighting Flickr which appears to have yet another owner which requires me to have no less than a 12 letter password however I did manage to get that to work after much effort. This is my first post using Windows 10 as well! Will come back in the morning and try again Michael Update: Pictures now showing, I had to paste BBCode which I am sure I have not done before!
  14. Started this Academy 1/48th scale F-4B Phantom over two years ago, stalled at the airbrush stage, was my first Academy build as well. Thanks to my favourite annual Group Build I *might* get her completed by the early months of 2020 This is what she looks like today: IMGP3288 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr I have built the F-4 in 1/48th scale many times - Testors, Monogram, ESCI, Italeri, and Revell (Hasegawa) - and the Academy kit is easily the best of them, I was very impressed by it. IMGP3289 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr Was happy with the cockpit detail: IMGP3290 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr I think I got as far as I could using Humbrol rattle can sprays but I really do have to unearth the airbrush and apply the proper acrylic colours. IMGP3291 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr I also have the Furball Air Wing All-Stars Phantoms Pt.2 decal set and I planned to finish her as a VF-11 Bird from 1973 on the USS Forrestal. IMGP3292 by Michael Baldock, on Flickr Good to be here - again Michael
  15. This is starting to look good, seems to have gone together quite well for an older kit too. Michael
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