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Navy Bird

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  1. Here is a quick picture to show how long the Aires jet pipe is, and how it would seem to interfere with the structure behind the auxiliary intake door on the fuselage side: I couldn't check this for actual contact as it would require me cutting out the cross brace at the bottom of the fuselage sides, which I didn't want to do. However, based on some quick measurements and the incredible acuity of my ancient Mk.I (retired) eyeballs, it would hit the auxiliary intake. Getting out the razor saw as we speak... Anyone out there ever use these exhausts from Aires? What was your experience? Cheers, Bill
  2. Whichever you build, we're happy. I've been thinking about pausing my Phantom build to head on over to the MB Group Build with my 1:72 Wellesley. Tempting. Cheers, Bill PS. Just remembered that I signed up for the F/A-18 Group Build as well. Hmm...I may have to multi-task.
  3. Thanks for posting the video. Such a great performance and so sad to know that the crew perished a few weeks later. They served their Queen and country, and provided excitement for the rest of us. RIP. Airshows are finally back on schedule in New York this year. The Wings of Eagles show, held in Geneseo, NY and featuring primarily WWII warbirds, is near my home and one that I never miss. This year they are using a "drive-in movie" style for herding us fighter jock wannabes onto the grounds. You pay by the car and you can bring in as many folks as you can safely stash in your vehicle (based on number of seat belts I think). Everyone will arrange their cars in rows just like at the drive-in. I paid a little extra so I could park the Jeep in the first row on the flight line. My 5 year-old grandson is very excited as the F-22 will be appearing and it's his favourite. He's already built the Airfix Lego-style Raptor and he keeps eyeing the Revell styrene version sitting in my stash. He makes pretty good jet noises too, better than me. And don't worry about being late to the build - usually not much happens in my builds until several pages in... ***** Finishing up a bit of putty here and there, and then I'll prime her and see how bad my assembly technique was. Cheers, Bill
  4. Very nicely done and a very unusual paint scheme - I love it! Cheers, Bill
  5. Nice work Ed! I like the technique of using the paint pen for the squiggles. I may have to give that a try on an upcoming project. Cheers, Bill
  6. That's a keeper. Great work with the chipping and weathering. And of course, the lady on the nose is a nice touch too. Cheers, Bill
  7. 25 Spooks on the ramp! Be still my heart! No, wait, keep beating - at least until I work my way through the stash. I always thought the F-111B was the best looking one of the bunch, but then I'm partial to LGG over White versus SEA camo. At the London Ontario Airshow F-111 Anniversary I believe they had most every mark that entered US service. I recall an A, E, and F as well as an FB and EF. Time to start building all those A-7s! Speaking of landing gear, Fujimi included white metal landing gear as an extra "goodie" in this "Royal Collection" edition of the kit. Now, I've never quite understood the appeal of white metal. It doesn't seem to cast as sharply as styrene can be moulded, hence the details are soft. It's very malleable (compared to styrene which is not malleable at all but instead somewhat brittle). I'm told that white metal is preferred for heavy models, but come on - the stuff used by modellers bends just by looking at it. If you bump it, it bends, especially in this scale. Why Fujimi felt it was necessary for this kit is beyond me. I've never had any problems with styrene landing gear on any 1:72 F-4 model. Unfortunately, Fujimi did not supply the sprue with this kit that contains the nose gear. (This is a small sprue that also has the Sidewinders that aren't required.) Therefore I have to use the white metal nose gear. Arghh. Plus, the casting mould for the nose gear was considerably misaligned and there are some nasty seams. Another arghh. Oh well, such is the life of a modeller. Cheers, Bill
  8. Great work with the masking. She be lookin' good! Cheers, Bill
  9. Thanks Colin. I'm rather envious that you attended that Phantom Anniversary. Must have been amazing - I would love to have been there. The closest I came to something similar was the F-111 25th(?) Anniversary in the mid-80s at London, Ontario. I don't recall how many Aardvarks were present, more than 10 for sure, but to see them all lined up on the taxiway was an impressive sight. And since I'm a bit of an F-111 nerd, they sure tickled my...um...fancy. Thanks Terry. Actually, I'm going to miss the Privateer. Not! I used up my entire allotment of cuss words on that project alone. St. Peter will never let me in, unless I atone for my sins somehow. Maybe by building a vacuform or Amodel without saying anything at all. Nah, can't do it. Thanks Giorgio. Not sure it was smart, but it's all I could think of. I started out trying to carve a small piece of thick sheet styrene into the correct shape, and then I had one of those light bulb moments. Why not use the part that's supposed to go there? Jeez, what a dummy. It's not like I was going to use the kit cockpit for some other project. ***** Hey, she looks like a Ghost Phantom. No putty so far, but I can see a few spots that will need it (all on the underside). The fit so far is very nice indeed - the wing roots really surprised me. They are perfect. The special radome fits extremely well (which I guess means that I cut off the old one at the right spot, perhaps the first time that has ever happened). The radome looks a little odd, but hey it's a Phantom. There are a bazillion different versions. I'm still shocked at the Aires exhaust tubes. There seems to be no way to use them without shortening (Crisco?). The tubes have a stepped outside diameter, so there is a smaller section and a larger. Aires have you put them in prior to adding the lower fuselage due to the larger diameter being too big to fit through the hole once assembled. Fine, no problem with that, but the tube runs smack into the open bay on the side of the rear fuselage. It also would run into the cross brace that Fujimi added as a spreader/stiffener for the rear fuselage, but Aires tell you to remove that. Anyway, I'll just have to do what I did with my Hornet - shorten the tubes by cutting off the entire section with the larger diameter. The the exit face of the engine and the flame holder will have to be modified to fit the smaller diameter. Eez pain, no? It's just about time to add the gear legs so I can get some paint on this baby, right @giemme? Cheers, Bill
  10. Here is the fix for the spine - first, the tiny bit of the kit cockpit glued into the wide notch on the spine, leaving just two narrow slots for the canopy hinges: Next, the photoetch piece from the kit in place: I think this will work nicely. Of course, I have to paint and glue that photoetch part first, but this fixes the issue and closes in this area. Science! Cheers, Bill PS. Oh, yeah, I glued on the bottom fuselage and lower wings. Fits like a charm - I had forgotten just how good of a kit this is.
  11. Looking forward to this one, especially since I just finished building the USN version. I love the colourful fire bomber scheme you've chosen. Cheers, Bill
  12. Just for the 'rithmetic part. Cheers, Bill
  13. Great start! I'll be tagging along as I have this kit and it's been sitting on top of the stash pile staring at me for several months now. Do you have a plan to reduce the panel lines (Mr Surfacer etc.)? Cheers, Bill
  14. Thanks mate. I figured you'd go for the Privateer, but I like the VAAC Harrier and the Tucano as well. It's those fancy schemes. I'm doing a Raspberry Ripple FG.1 Phantom right now, it will look good next to the Harrier. Cheers, Bill
  15. Wow! You call that "a few?" There are too many for me to count. Everything is up to your standards, so It's impossible to choose a favourite. I have to say I like the SEAC and RAAF Beauforts and of course, all those Hornets and Mosquitoes. Really nice. So sorry to hear you're unwell. Take care of yourself and get better - we're here for any support you need. Britmodeller isn't a forum, it's a family. Cheers, Bill
  16. Superb! And a vacuform at that. I don't presently have a cap but consider it doffed. Cheers, Bill
  17. How about an update? A quick slice and dice and the bird loses its proboscis: This, of course, is so we can fit the special A&AEE radome (which fits perfectly). The black lines on the fuselage sides above indicate where the forward instrument panel and the mid-cockpit bulkhead are located according to the kit-supplied cockpit tub. Using these marks will help me locate the resin cockpit which fits amazingly well even though it's designed for the Airfix kit. I think I mentioned earlier that one area of concern is with the rear of the cockpit where it meets the aircraft spine. You can see that the front of the spine on the kit has a wide notch - what should be here are two small notches for the rear canopy hinges. Fujimi engineered this so that a tab on top of the rear cockpit bulkhead slipped into the wide notch on the spine, leaving two small notches for the hinges. I'll have to reconstruct this, and my plan is to cut off the tab from the kit cockpit and glue it into the spine notch and then use the photoetch part provided by Fujimi as a "detail-up" part to cover it so you can't see what I've done. Trust me, it will look OK. The lower portion of the front fuselage has the nose gear bay moulded integrally. There is a separate part for the front of the nose gear bay, and when in place it sticks up too far and interferes with the bottom of the resin cockpit. Easy fix, just sand it flush with the top of the nose gear bay: Next, those of you who have built this kit will remember that two tabs at the rear of this lower front fuselage piece spread out the fuselage sides so that everything aligns nicely. On this specific kit, the tabs worked great for the rear of the lower front fuselage part, but forward of that I still needed to spread the fuselage sides out some more. Measure once, cut thrice, and I have a spreader in place that does the job: I've never had to do this on any other copies of this kit that I've built. Maybe it's the white plastic... Remember that I have a set of FOD covers designed for the Airfix kit? Just for giggles I decided to test fit these against the Fujimi intakes that I taped together. Wow! I wasn't expecting this - the resin FOD covers fell right through. They won't work at all. Too narrow and not tall enough. In fact, they are too small for my Hasegawa USN Phantoms as well. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the intakes on the British Phantoms were larger due to the Spey engines? What's up? Are the Airfix intakes too small? Hasegawa/Fujimi too large? I also have photoetch FOD covers designed for the Hasegawa kits that I can make work, or I can scratch them. In any event, it's odd. The rest of the fuselage will assemble quickly. Stay tuned, more to come... Cheers, Bill EDIT: I had a closer look at photos of the FOD covers on XT597 and I see they are recessed slightly when in place. Still, the Quickboost resin covers will "recess" all the way to the engine. I'll figure something out. I want to use FOD covers since they have those nifty coloured stripes. EDIT 2: The Aires resin exhausts, specifically designed for this kit, will not work without mods. The long exhaust tube interferes with whatever those open panels are on the aft fuselage sides. Same thing happened with the Aires exhausts on my F/A-18C, I had to cut the tubes shorter.
  18. Lame scientists if they couldn't convert that. 1 mile = 8 furlongs 1 fortnight = 14 days 1 day = 86,400 seconds speed of light = 186,282 miles per second Keeping track of numerators and denominators for the units, in the following calculation miles, seconds, and days cancel out leaving furlongs in the numerator and fortnight in the denominator: 186,282 miles per second = (186,282 miles/sec x 86,400 sec/day x 8 furlongs/mile x 14 days/fortnight) = 1.8026 x 1012 furlongs per fortnight Cheers, Bill
  19. Thanks. None of the photos I have show the inboard wing pylons either, just the drop tanks. Two all-white (no stencils or stripes) Sparrow missiles are in the forward fuselage recesses but there doesn't seem to be any aft. I suspect these are dummy missile bodies. Question - since XT597 was an FG.1, would it have the catapult hooks: I haven't found any photos (yet) of the underside of XT597. If anyone has any, feel free to post. Thanks. Cheers, Bill
  20. The cockpit is far enough along that it can be added to the fuselage. The instrument panels are a combination of film/photoetch and decals, whilst the side panels, walls, and other gubbins are hand painted. I'm glad I have a detail brush with only two hairs on it. Everything also has a black Future wash applied. The ejection seats are just posing for the photo - they will be added at the end of the build along with the control column. The top half of the front instrument panel is part of the coaming, so you won't see that until the coaming is added. The CMK photoetch details for the ejection seats are unusual - the harnesses look somewhat underscale and the face curtain handles somewhat overscale. Law of averages applies in such a case. The silly yellow and black stripes are also hand painted. The jumble of doodads on top of the rear instrument panel was augmented with extra bits of resin and styrene. What was provided with the CMK set did not match the drawing I have. Of course what I created doesn't match the drawing either but we're not telling anyone, OK? The fuselage halves are glued together - the cockpit slides in nicely from underneath. First though, I have to cut off the radome so I can replace it with the special A&AEE version. Too much fun for an old man, especially when I slip with the razor saw. Cheers, Bill
  21. I eventually donated it back to the hobby shop where I bought it. The owner hung it from the ceiling but one night it suffered an unexpected departure from altitude and became a Class A mishap. Cheers, Bill
  22. Thanks - it involved a bit of putty that's for sure. Even the inserts that came with the kit were ill-fitting, not just the Cobra resin panels. I think this may have a lot to do with the size of the panels and the resulting "holes" in the fuselage sides. This makes the fuselage halves weak and flexible - as were the resin panels. It was hard to achieve good alignment between the two. Based on builds by other modellers, I reinforced the panel/fuselage joint with five minute epoxy to make sure that the seam wouldn't "pop" during the handling required during the remainder of the build (and my grandson playing with it - there are a lot of enemy subs in my parlor)! Cheers, Bill
  23. Filler is my life. I buy it by the kilo. Cheers, Bill PS. Seriously.
  24. Thanks Rob. Things are OK at this end. Busted! Being "random" requires organisation and proper prior planning...which upon my retirement I left at the office. I saw the 1:32 B-24 in a box at a local club meeting and it was too big for me. Too big for the guy who bought it too, as it's still in the box. I used to build 1:48 exclusively, and it was those 1:48 Monogram bombers that made me switch to 1:72. I just had no place to put the finished models. Of course, I then built the 1:72 Monogram B-36 just to show how addled my brain was. Cheers, Bill
  25. You got that right. Neither looking at the heavens or at your Sea Vixen(s). Cheers, Bill
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