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HL-10

Phantom conversion, USA to UK- Nearly there!

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This is a project I have been wanting to do for some time now.

I have all the stuff I need, a base kit, a set of plans, and an article from some one who has already done the deed.

All I lacked was the guts to start cutting up £100 worth of model!

For some reason this week I woke up and said, "OK! Lets do it!"

So armed with Frank Mitchell's article over on LSP (http://www.largescaleplanes.com/articles/article.php?aid=211) and the new found urge to cut up this:

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and a set of scaled up plans:

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I set to work.

I started with the air intakes. I marked and cut them to insert a widening strip, using Dymo tape as a cutting guide:

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With the intakes widened, I started to make the cuts on the fuselage to widen that:

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So far, so good!

Thanks for looking, and wish me luck!

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My dream project!! If only someone would release a decent kit, I'd sell all my 1/48th kits and join Iain and his 1/32nd SIG immediately!!

Watching this with a sense of awe... :popcorn:

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Likewise, an interesting conversion...

Good luck, though I somehow think you'll do OK :)

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Well thank you all very much for the words of encouragement!

I'm off sick with a back injury at the moment so I have plenty of time on my hands at the moment.

I've got the air intakes attached and I am about to break out the Milliput to try an produce some seamless air intakes:

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If that fails, then its FOD guards!

Thanks for looking.

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Great project,great start gonna watch this one with interest,have you decided on markings yet?

Not 100% sure yet, may do her as a Royal Navy bird, but the early seventies Phantoms based in Germany are appealing too!

I think I'll try and get her finished first!

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Wow! Brave man! I've got one of these that I was going to do as a UK bird! However, I was going to cheat and use it as a base for an F-4J(UK)! Alas I don't have your modeling skills so a 74 Sqn bird is on the cards if I ever get round to it!

Will be watching with interest!

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Brother, you got some gonads of the size of beach balls taking on this project. I wish you luck and hope you complete it. Perhaps, it'll give me courage to see another person done what Frank did and that I too can do it...someday! So, I'll follow along with the flock...

Mike

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You could do a lot worse than XT868 which was the display Phantom in 1971 usually flown by Neville Featherstone. At the 1971 Lee on Solent airshow this was supposed to do a pass at M0.95 but it was a tad faster and came through supersonic. It lifted the roof of a farm at the end of the runway and plonked it down again. It was also the last RN Phantom to fly and sadly crashed on its last flight killing the Nav. There are god pictures of it.

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This is going to be a popular thread! Great start and kudos indeed for having the guts (and skills) to tackle such an involved project.

Gary

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Bookmarked!

This will be well worth following.

(and as soon as you finish it someone will release a kit of it...)

Trevor

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(and as soon as you finish it someone will release a kit of it...)

Trevor

Yes, you know that's going to happen!

So I've decided to start the project to provoke such an out come!

I'd be really happy if it did happen :thumbsup:

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From time to time you hear of conversion sets being considered for the AM but nought much seems to come of it. I am sure that they would do well though

I have 2 "J's" in the stash for this and copies of said articles but so far not found the bottle to mangle the plastic wishing all the time that my procrastination will be rewarded by someone - ANYONE PLEASE - manufacturing a set

Watching with interest though and learning

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Thanks Tailspin, very helpful!

I did not know about the lower doors!

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I've been busy filling and sanding, and there's been a lot of sanding!

Here I'm closing up the gaps created by widening the intakes:

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I'm trying to get the intake trunks as seamless as possible.

To sand the insides I am having to wrap wet n dry around my little finger to get into the intake:

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I'm using Milliput to seal the gaps and then using Humbrol filler to skim over and give as smooth a finish as possible.

Once I have finished here, I will be moving on to the rear end modifications, and looking at what needs to be done here, I think so far things have been easy!

Thanks for looking and the on going support and encouragement.

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This is a conversion ive wanted to do myself after I saw that article on largescaleplanes, interested to see how you get on with it and will be watching for tips.

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Wonderful job so far :thumbsup:

One question...How good does Milliput stick to the plastic? I'm afraid using cause it doesn't "react" with the plastic like regular filler.

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