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Well it's time for a big one - a Tamiya 1/32nd F-4E Phantom with some extras: Rhinomodels Seamless intakes - with free Resin Wheels Avionix Cockpit set Master Pitot tubes Eduard Placards Eduard stencil masks - my personal favorite, as it avoids decal stencils :-) Quickboost FOD Covers - probably just use them for masking when painting Work starts with the major surgery - fitting the intakes. Marked the area that needs removing Then work with a razor saw and sanding sticks and repeated dry fitting and the intakes are fitted. Then work on the cockpit - once again lots of sanding and removing a section of the end and the middle section. The pit is only blu-tac in place to test the fit, but looks good so far. Peter
I've noticed the Avionix Twin Seat Set which includes 10 seats, 2 each for Grumman F-14D Tomcat NACES, A/F-18 NACES, Grumman F-14A Tomcat, ACES II McDonnell F-15 Eagle/Lockheed-Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, McDonnell F-4C/D/E/J Phantom. Has anyone used these? How do they compare with other brands?
The personal mount of Col. Paul Douglas, commander of 388 TFW, "Arkansas Traveller II", complete with his 8 kills from WWII. This is the Tamiya 1/32nd F-4E Early, with Rhinomodel Seamless intakes, Avionix Cockpit, Eduard Placards and Stencil Masks, Master Pitot tubes, Quickboost FOD covers and finally the CAM Decals. Homemade RBF Tags (thanks Mish!) I have to say this is one of the few builds with Aftermarket where everything was worth while - I especially liked the stencil masks rather than using decals for the stencils as they look better, and are way more fun to do than decals. The Avionix pit is also very nice, and unlike a Aires resin actually gives good fitting instructions too. The only negative is the fuselage had a slight twist, probably from the hacking about to get the seamless intakes to fit, but it throws off the stabilators slightly. Painted with Gunze throughout apart from the metalwork which is just about every shade of Alclad. Weathered lightly with oils, as the photo looks pretty clean. Build thread is available here for those who are interested Peter