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Was considering back dating an RF-4E but I think a resin nose on a F-4 is probably the cheapest way.  Or just do a German RF-4E.  Would love to do a herc in 1/48 one day, but would be a Lyneham one first

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Always surprised how big the F-4 is compared to the other US big birds

 

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Getting towards paint now and need to settle on a paint scheme and base.  The decals include these options

 

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And then I found this pic to back it up

 

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I like the way that the red tail top doesn’t go straight across (as per decal sheet pic) but misses out the top of the rudder.  So Lakenheath it is I guess.

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I never included a close up of the new F-111 doors.  I cut them to size and fitted the internal structure, external and internal door release handles and pneumatic struts.  You still can’t see much n the close up though - but the filling around the new front section looks at but dodgy!  Please remember this s a home made crash mounded canopy, not a made to measure kit or after market one.

 

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Something of the Wattisham F-4 dump when you break down the phantom for painting.  Quick grey primer coat & some light pre-shading.  Should have posed her beside the HAS as being striped for parts!

 

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F-4 getting her paint job.  Haven’t got enough paint to finisher her off this week, but SEA camo starting

 

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Well while waiting for paint, how about another aggressor?

 

nice pic from Alconbury

 

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So the main bit of the F-5 build is done.  Lots of warped lasting & gaps that would scare the daylights out of many.  But some filler & sanding later it looks like this

 

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posing with its cousin.  This one is going in to the box colour scheme

 

And now in the workshop easy for paint

 

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Tiger getting its stripes.  One more green to do

 

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Bit more work on the F-5.  Stripes all done, just need some undercarriage and decals

 

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With e the phantom still stalled waiting for the right dark green paint.  Need to venture out to the shop soon.  Might not be this week though.

 

Meanwhile the F-5 has plodded along on the sidelines, out of the box & totally standard ESCI kit.  Not even an F-5E so not a lot of need to try & make her an Alconbury bird.  Lots of filler & some etch off cuts as seat belts but that’s about it

 

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And posing with the big cousins.

 

Will do a HAS photos trying to look like the shot above when the temperature is above freezing in the garage!

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Finally got some dark green for the toom.  It’s satin not Matt like the rest of the paint, but I think it will settle down with a Matt clear coat later.

 

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bit more paint t go on but getting there.

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On 2/4/2018 at 1:29 AM, bar side said:

 

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And posing with the big cousins.

 

Doing a great job with the camouflage, especially with the one at far right.

I know the second model is painted in similar camouflage pattern to its box cover; but I am sure that would have been the artist's impression, and not what the camo experts would have recommended.

 

Just passing on some stuff I learnt in the military.The aim of camouflage is to make it hard to be seen. Predictable and repeated patterns gets easily picked up by the eye. Best patterns are unpredictable and random. This is difficult to do, since we humans always look for an easier softer way to do things - hence, repeated predictable patterns.

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Well the schemes for aggressors seem a little different - this scheme seems to be pretty in line with one that did exist.  I think my ‘sand’ colour is a bit dark, but probably faded a bit too.

 

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I think the RAF must have had a fairly ‘standard’ template as the grey / green seemed to follow a similar layout on different airframes (harriers, jags, hawks etc).  The USAF had a pretty standard scheme for each model, with variations for each individual aircraft - the pattern for the F-4 is pretty much the same for a Lakenheath or Woodbridge and for RF-4Cs at Alconbury too.  

 

Funnily enough the greens are probably most wrong on the F-111, but I quite like the effect.  One of the most effective has to be the RAF Arctic camo

 

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Well finished off the F-4 pant job today & can’t quite decide if it looks right.  Not painted the canopy surrounds yet, and other detail still needed.  Trying to look like this

 

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actually looks like this

 

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Not so bad next to big cousin

 

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I am beginning to think the medium green is too light next to the dark green.  May need to re-do it with the olive-ish green from the F-111.

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Think the paint scheme on the Phantom has grown on me.  Wasn’t convinced, but looks a bit better in daylight

 

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Bit of a tidy up on the paint, red tail top & body band, and some black around the canopy inside.  And time to pose with one of the other F-4s

 

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Not very noticeable in this shot but she has has a dark wash over to tone down the sand and lighter green and bring out those nice recessed panel lines.  Canopy frames also being worked on.

 

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Main decals are just on, lots more stencils still to do but the ERTL sheet is pretty ropey.  

 

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And I had to get her Phantom Phriends down to pose

 

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Starting to to look like the static line up at an airshow

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Did manage to get the HAS out for a few minutes today.  Posing with her pseudo Lakenheath F-111

 

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Had a bit of a disaster with the HAS racking today.  I was sorting out the model boxes in the garage when 3 kits in the stash fell and totally squashed the racking

 

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I think most of it is toast, but it was always flimsy card, so might be time to build a new one in plasticard

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6 minutes ago, Kirk said:

Silver lining: I'm sure v2.0 will be even better. :)

 

Well it will be stronger & more rigid.  Plasticard frame will hold up better to life in the garage than the reinforced card did

 

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Got the ends together & the ‘trays’, which were card with steel rod glued under them, survived to be reused. Having a template to work from this time makes things easier.

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Last update tonight - ends are pretty much done.  Need to let it dry and then fit the shelves and bracing.  Not sure whether to start the ladder again as it didn’t fare well

 

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I have managed to re use some bits, but the new frame for the racking is up & nearly complete 

 

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Just need to make up a new ladder to go on the end.  And I really don’t fancy going out to the garage to spray paint it.  Not sure if the paint would even dry at the moment out there!

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If you can tempt it out of the container, it might just freeze onto the plastic though!! :D

 

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Sorry to read about the battle damage!  Version 2.0 looks to be a bit stronger.  Hang in there!

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