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  1. Thanks Martin, I am delighted to learn that 336 went on to serve with the 116th TFW and the photo is much appreciated Michael
  2. No, I used the kit main landing gear struts and you are quite correct, they do bend and the model wobbles around quite a bit. I have a couple more of these kits in the stash and aftermarket MLG struts would be high on my 'must have' list. The finished model is quite heavy. Michael
  3. Thanks Ron Sad story about the local hobby shop The 'FF' F-15A in the background is from the original Monogram F-15A kit before they modified it to have 'turkey feathers'. Michael 20200819_141449 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  4. A very nice build which shows what can be done with the Hasegawa kit. Have always loved the French Crusaders and it was good to see them at airshows in the UK until the late 1990's. Michael
  5. My second Republic F-105G Thunderchief build of this year, the Revell 2007 issue of the classic 1/48th Monogram kit that dates back to 1982. She is F-105G 63-8336 'Patience' coded 'JB' operated by the 17th WWS / 338th TFW out of Korat Air Base in Thailand, January 1973. She is built OOB and uses one of the kit's five decal options and I am happy with the final result xIMGP4303 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The old Monogram 'Century Series' model kits were a breath of fresh air in their time and, apart from raised panel lines (which don't bother me), they still hold well today. The fit is mostly superb, for example I built and painted the wings as complete units and added them to the fuselage very late in the build and no filler was needed. xIMGP4306 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Painting was by airbrush using the Hataka acrylic USAF Paint Set (Vietnam War Era). Initially it went on well but I had major problems with a clogged airbrush and thinning issues. In the end I changed to Vallejo acrylics and a medium airbrush nozzle and the issue was solved. However the model did sit on the shelf-of-shame for quite a while! The paint was finished with an application of Humbrol Acrylic Satin varnish. xIMGP4308 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The decals are entirely from the kit and Revell really excelled themselves with this issue, with five different options from 1970 to 1980. I chose 'Patience' because I liked the artwork and that she actively served in the Vietnam War. The amount of detail was amazing with up to 228 decals on the one sheet. The decals went on generally ok but decal solution helped them to adhere properly and avoid silvering. xIMGP4312 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I tried not to overdo the weathering. I made a homemade wash using dark grey acrylic paint and thinners on the few recessed panels lines on the kit. I also used a set of Tamiya weathering powders to simulate hydraulic oil leaks as well as soot. I am still finding my way on this though. xIMGP4316 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Detailed armament - one AGM-78 Standard ARM and two AGM-75 Shrike ARM. The decals were from the spares box. xIMGP4318 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Detail photo of the rear fuselage and tail fin. I used Lifecolor metallics for the jet exhaust areas and inside the undercarriage doors. xIMGP4317 by Ghostbase, on Flickr A top view showing the SEA paint scheme and some weathering. xIMGP4320 by Ghostbase, on Flickr My final photo, the F-105G has joined her sister on the display shelf Michael xIMGP4322 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  6. Started on 10th November 2019 so definitely qualifies as "phinally phinished" today, this is the 1980 era Italeri / Testors McDonnell-Douglas F-4S Phantom II in 1/48th scale. I think I paid £6 for it on eBay many years ago! I have built her OOB, air brushed her in Vallejo 'Air War' color acrylics in the TPS colour scheme, and she is marked as F-4S BuNo 155869 'MG-06' operated by VMFA-321, a Marine Corps Reserve squadron based at Andrews AFB. The decals are from the kit and applied remarkably well given their near 40 years vintage. On to the photos:- IMGP4297 by Ghostbase, on Flickr One think that is still quite new for me is weathering. I have added a home-made wash to the few recessed panel lines however I have two Tamiya Weathering Master packs and I have used them on this build, maybe just a tad too much although the USN/USMC TPS paint scheme could get a bit ratty after a while. IMGP4291 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The jet pipes and metallic areas were air brushed with Lifecolor acrylic metallic paints, a really easy brand of paint to use. IMGP4294 by Ghostbase, on Flickr My decision to build with the cockpit canopies open was a last minute one and maybe not a good decision. I should have painted the cockpit coaming either dark grey or black, also the inside of the canopies. The ejection seats are not exactly the most accurate or best built either IMGP4293 by Ghostbase, on Flickr A view of the other side. I had a bad fit issue on this side beneath the cockpit so the model will be on display from the other side. I do like the lo-vis paint scheme and the squadron's imaginative method of displaying their trident symbol (VMFA-321 are known as 'Hell's Angels'). IMGP4301 by Ghostbase, on Flickr And my last photo. I didn't have high hope of this kit but I am happy with the result, I do get some satisfaction from completing a kit of 40 years ago and purchased for £6! Michael IMGP4302 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  7. Did a little bit more this morning, out with the 'Perfect Plastic Putty' and fill in the gaps:- 20210929_102139 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I have always been quite open that I dislike filling and sanding however 'Perfect Plastic Putty' is very easy to apply and can be smoothed using a cotton bud dipped in water. Not too unhappy with the results:- 20210929_105102 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The undersides not looking too bad either. 20210929_105126 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Looks like I might be firing up the air brush this week Michael
  8. Thanks Filler, this is really helpful and now I know I am looking for Norm 72. I have had a quick look through my collection of Vallejo Model Color and it looks like I will be able to use 893/95 US Dark Green (as FS34079) and 869/162 Basalt Grey exact match for RAL7012 (as FS36152). RAL9006 is a bit more of a challenge. I see that it is often referred to as 'White Aluminium'. I have a Lifecolor acrylic Metallic Set which has their UA793 White Aluminium so it looks like that should match RAL9006. I didn't know that the Norm 72 West German Phantoms were painted with alumimium undersides the same as the F-104G Starfighters were, have always assumed they were light grey so, as always, I live and learn Michael
  9. Wow! Bertie, you have taken the old ESCI kit to a whole new level. Superb! Michael
  10. Nearly a month later, life has got in the way yet again. I apologise for not following the Group for over three weeks now. I decided to really get started yesterday, try as put as much together as possible so that I can spend today applying filler and preparing for the application of paint. I'm not doing anything fancy, it's an old kit, just get it built! And, in fact, it isn't looking too shabby... 20210928_110836 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I have done a bare minimum on the cockpit and I think I have some old instrument panel decals that I could put in there. Will add the seats later when I have finished them. I have joined the wings, fuselage halves and jet air intakes. 20210928_110906 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The photo nose is just three parts on this kit; a nose cone as well as two camera bay halves. There are a number of transparent windows however there is no detail inside. I am going to paint the interior matt black and maybe put some card inside and try to simulate some camera lenses. So far I am happy with the fit which is better than I expected for such an old kit. The underside looks ok too. 20210928_111053 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Now, I might be changing my mind. The original kit does give an option for a West German RF-4E of Akg-52 in 1972. This was the original 'splinter' colour scheme with large 'Iron Cross' markings outlined in white and I think this would look pretty cool as well as standing out from all the Phantoms I have built over the years. These are the colour instructions: 20210928_111437 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The colour call-outs are as follows: Dark Green FS34079 Grey FS36118 Light Grey FS36440 White (for weapons pylon) Are these correct? I thought that the Germans used a different set of colour designations. There is a risk regards using the original kit decals which must be 40 years old however I have just made an F-4S from the same series and the decals were fine so I am willing to take that chance. Michael
  11. I can't believe the progress that you have made on this Phantom, last time I looked you were deciding how to overcome the very well known issue of the canopy-that-does-not-fit! The Italeri 2008 version of this kit also offered vanilla RAF 74 Sqn decals - ZE363 'C'. At this stage I tend to sit and gaze at the nearly completed model too! Michael
  12. The Vought F-8 Crusader was nicknamed the "Mig-Master" thanks to its exploits in the Vietnam War, she was also known as the "Last of the Gunfighters". There have been several 1/48th scale offerings of the Crusader from Aurora and Lindberg however it fell to ESCI to produce the first 'modern' F-8 Crusader kit in 1978 with an F-8E version. Monogram followed with their F-8E in 1988, then Hasegawa in 1996. The ESCI kit was reboxed several times but was only produced over five years. I have been intending to build a Crusader for years but never got round to it I decided that I wanted to try out two techniques; scribing and weathering, so the old ESCI kit seemed a good choice. It was! IMGP4273 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I decided to use the original kit decals to complete her as BuNo 150675 / 'DR-00' operated by Marines squadron VMF-312 "Checkerboards" out of MCAS El Toro, CA in 1974. IMGP4278 by Ghostbase, on Flickr This is the first kit that I have almost completely re-scribed. With the exception of the nose area around the four cannon ports I used a dental tool to replace all the raised panel lines. IMGP4274 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I applied AK Interactive FS 16440 Light Gull Gray over a base of Halfords grey primer and black lines. This was when I was still having problems applying acrylic paints via airbrush (now resolved) and I had to apply several coats which rather defeated the black lines! The undersides of FS 17875 White were applied with Halfords Appliance White from a spray can. Detail colours were from Vallejo, metallics were from a Lifecolor metallic paint set. IMGP4277 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Weathering was a learning experience. I started by mixing a drop of dark grey acrylic paint with acrylic thinners and I applied this to the scribed panel lines with a brush. I gave it a couple of minutes then wiped it with a kitchen roll in the direction of the airflow and this generally worked well especially on the top of the wings. It didn't work so well on the forward fuselage especially around the four 20 mm cannon, the "00" decals broke and had to be repaired. I also tried a couple of Tamiya weathering kits (normally used for AFV builds) and found that sand neatly simulated hydraulic fluid leaks, I might have overdone the cannon muzzles with Tamiya soot though! IMGP4280 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I also got creative with the armament! The weapons contained in the kit were pretty basic so I decided to take four AIM-9B Sidewinders from a Hasegawa weapons set and mount them on those very distinctive Y shaped fuselage pylons. In the real world of 1974 it is unlikely that any underwing stores would have been carried additional to four Sidewinders, the drag would have been prohibitive. However the F-8E was wired to carry the AGM-12B Bullpup so I added two of those also from a Hasegawa weapons set. The underwing pylons in the kit are best described as a work of fiction and I had to cut them back quite drastically. IMGP4279 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The verdict? I really enjoyed completing this old kit and the scribing and weathering definitely paid off. She now sits on the display shelf and looks every inch a hunched-up naval fighter jet about to roll onto the catapult then to be flung off the carrier to tangle with the enemy MiG-17 fighters. When you're out of F-8's, you're out of fighters! Michael IMGP4281 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  13. Good to hear that I am not the only one I am just finishing an ESCI F-8 Crusader which has come out a lot better than I expected, yep I rushed some of the basics and don't they show! Good work with the oil paints. Michael
  14. Sadly, to the tune of Hot Gossip's "I lost my heart to a Starship Trooper"... I lost my scale modelling heart to an F-8 Crusader! I started this build with good intentions but I also had three more advanced ongoing builds, including an ESCI F-8E Crusader, but I never really built up any momentum for this 'Streak. This is where I am today, the last day of this Group Build:- StreakOne by Ghostbase, on Flickr StreakTwo by Ghostbase, on Flickr StreakThree by Ghostbase, on Flickr I did try to catch up this weekend however I am 172 miles away from my man cave and the much needed tube of Perfect Putty filler so best wait until I return and can do a better job. On the positive side the major parts are cemented together and she is starting to look the "Lead Sled" that she was. I have also decided to finish her in aluminium finish, maybe USAF or West German markings. I will post her when completed, probably this autumn. Thanks to the Group Moderators, we cannot do this without you. Michael
  15. Yes I did however maybe the dental tool I am using isn't strong enough for the job, a razor saw might be a better option. At the moment I am 172 miles away from the 'man cave' however I hope to pick this build up again this week. Michael
  16. I am finding your Italeri build of much interest and very impressed with the new decal sheet. Have just taken a quick look at your photos and compared them with the 2005 boxing and the same issues are clearly visible there, the old ESCI mould must have taken quite a beating over the years! Am very interested in how you add detail to otherwise sparse cockpits and wheel wells, keep the photos coming Michael
  17. A week has passed by and I really need to get started. I have already primed all of the kit parts with Halfords grey primer which helps me to see what needs attention. One thing that does bug me is that on this kit the BLC vents on the top and underside of the jet intakes are depicted by decals. I decided to try scribing these vents using an old dental tool, maybe they will look better? This photo shows the underside of the intake, I have marked the lines of the vents with a fine CD marker pen, the dotted squares are the areas to be scribed:- 20210827_114357 by Ghostbase, on Flickr And the same for the topsides of the intakes, just a little bit more complex... 20210827_114218 by Ghostbase, on Flickr On to the cockpit. This really isn't the most detailed of kits and accuracy isn't great either! This is a basics look:- 20210827_131636 by Ghostbase, on Flickr What are my options? I was intending to build this kit with the cockpit closed up so I could just go for the OOB option using what is in the box. If it is closed up, realistically, what can you see? Option 2 is to replace those awful ejection seats. I do have a couple of the Eduard edition Academy F-4 kits which have replacement resin ejection seats so I could liberate the original kit seats and add them here. Or, I could order a pair of Aires seats for one of my Hasegawa kits and recycle those kit seats here. Option 3 is to purchase a complete resin cockpit for one of my Hasegawa kits and drop the Hasegawa cockpit in here. I don't know, suspect the OOB option will be the one that I follow. Hopefully more this weekend... Michael 20210827_131844 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  18. I have that exact kit in the stash and it still makes me smile when I look at it The odd thing was that the same kit had most of the main parts needed for an F-4C, maybe a D; being the rounded USAF wing pylons, shorter burner cans, and the IR sensor/probe under the nose cone. The stabilators were slotted but they could be sanded smooth quite easily. I will be interested to see whether Bertie's kit contains these or not. The Italeri 2005 rebox did. Michael
  19. Yep, I believe that's derived from the original 1980 ESCI kit, will be interesting to see what is inside the box when it arrives. The decal sheet looks huge! I have built three of the ESCI kits over the years and personally I really like them. The last one I put together I added a spare Hasegawa cockpit and seats and that made a huge difference. I am sure that an "objet d'air" connoisseur like yourself will be looking at the rather sparse jet air intakes, 'burner cans, and main wheel well detail. The only real down of the ESCI moulding is the canopy which can be very difficult to fit. Oh, it should have recessed panel lines which back in 1980 was very advanced indeed. Good to have some company in the Old Kit Section
  20. A little bit more about this build, I don't know when I purchased this kit but it was probably an eBay special fifteen years ago when you could pick up something like this for under £5 and that was including P&P! It is of the era before Hasegawa raised the standard with their 1/48th Phantom series of kits, the main competitors would have been Monogram and ESCI. The kit's weak areas are as follows:- * BLC vents on intakes depicted by decals * Completely inaccurate cockpit and ejection seats * Windscreen and front canopy out of proportion * No hinge details for an open cockpit * Inaccurate wing tanks and skinny centreline 'gasbag' * Raised surface panel lines Now, I *could* spend a lot on aftermarket however I prefer to raid the spares box as well as 'pirate' spare items from other kits. The ejection seats are the worst parts by far; I was thinking of maybe purchasing a pair of resin seats for one of my Hasegawa kits and using the displaced seats out of that kit. Maybe... Michael
  21. This is going to be a very interesting build! I love the sheer amount of choice that the AirDOC decals give on just the one sheet too. Michael
  22. My entry for this GB, the Italeri / Testors 1/48th scale RF-4C/E "Photo Phantom II" kit #810 which was first issued in 1981, a mere 40 years ago! I like building old kits and, with airbrushing, modern acrylic paints and after-market decals, it is satisfying to make something that is far better than I could have done all those years ago. I have almost finished an F-4S from the same stable and I hope I can learn from that build and apply it here. On to the kit:- 20210819_174510 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The traditional sprues shot:- 20210819_175052 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Decals and instructions:- 20210819_175246 by Ghostbase, on Flickr At the moment I am minded to complete her as a USAFE RF-4C operated by the 38th TRS out of Zweibrucken AB in the mid 80's, with wrap-around SEA camouflage, using decals from the AirDOC 'USAF Phantoms in Germany Late F-4E / Gs and RF-4Cs Markings' sheet. However I have plenty of time to change my mind 20210819_175620 by Ghostbase, on Flickr This is a very basic kit, especially compared to the modern Academy and Tamiya offerings, and it has a long list of faults. I am hoping that I can overcome some of these faults, more about that in a later post. Anyway, good to be here Michael
  23. Thanks Ron, it is information like this that is absolutely priceless! I was going to paint the both the Sparrows and Sidewinders main body in FS36375 grey; the AIM-7 guidance fins in FS36118, and the AIM-9 head in metallic black. I got this colour reference from the Furball decal sheet 'Bombcat Weapons Set' however I do like the AIM-9 all blue missile body so I think I will revisit this. The missiles that I am using are from the spares box. The Sidewinders are pretty good however the Sparrows are definitely not good so I might source some from a Hasegawa Aircraft Weapons set. Then again, when the model is completed very little can be seen of the Sparrows tucked away in their recesses beneath the fuselage. The Sidewinders definitely deserve some detail as they will be very visible. Just a week to the F-4 Phantom Group Build on this forum, I am very minded to build the 1/48th Testors / Italeri RF-4C learning from the mistakes that I have made here. Michael. F-4SAAM by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  24. Some more progress today, getting so close to a completion... All the kit decals are on I then applied a coating of Humbrol Acrylic Varnish Satin 135 to all painted surfaces to seal in the decals and give a consistent finish. The next stage was to turn the model over and start to attach parts to the underside:- 20210811_212805 by Ghostbase, on Flickr At this point I had attached the belly tank, the three undercarriage legs and the main doors. This is supposed to be an F-4S which is a sub-type of the Phantom that I have not built before. How accurate it it? I am not sure however the kit does provide quite a lot of underwing detail for the slats as seen here:- 20210811_212831 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Not so much change from this viewpoint however all the fuel tanks are on, also most of the undercarriage and doors, and missile pylons. The AIM-7 and AIM-9 missiles are painted but not decalled. Cockpit canopys are ready. Stabilators just need one metallic application. 20210811_220432 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Will be nice to have a 'completion' Michael
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