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More bits done today.  Only the flaps on the wings are now held on with blu tac, the rest are fixed on.  The thrust reversers are just sitting on as are the air brakes.  Few antenna attached and the nose is now glued in place too.  Just the wheel well doors to go on & some more small bits & she will be about ready for some decals.

 

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So for this weeks concert update - Foo Fighters were excellent last night

 

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18 minutes ago, Kirk said:

Looking great!

 

Cheers Kirk.  I do like the way this one is building up.  It’s a complex but nice kit

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Well it doesn’t look much different, but the ar brakes, flats etc are now glued on with most of the clear light lenses.  So basically ready for decals.  Only the weapon load out to follow

 

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Contemplating decals at the moment.  The kit comes with loads of white line markings - I assume for the no walk areas on the wing & body.  Now these could stand out quite a lot against the paint job.  Looking at the photos of real F3s if the lines are there they are barely visible

 

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I think the decals will make it look to much like this (nice build but not how I saw the F3 looking)

 

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gut feel is to leave them off or use a white pencil to lightly draw them in

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Right tried the pencil lines & they look so much more subtle than white solid line decals so they are staying.  From the looks of it the real lines were done with dots to make them more subtle

 

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And now for her identity

 

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So she is ZE809 of 23 Sqn

 

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Lots more decals to go but she looks ok to me

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Three generations of RAF interceptors

 

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and with another grey RAF veteran

 

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Calling the main build of the F3 about there.  Loads of no step decals et al, weapon load and FOD covers / rbf tags still needed, but enough progress made to break out the HAS in the back garden

 

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So I posted a rfi with some more pics

 

 

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Working on the load out for the F3.  Thinking that the 4 sky flash will go underneath.  The Hindenburgs will sit alongside in the HAS, maybe getting occasional fitting with blutac (if that will hold the weight!) and the outer two sidewinders will be fitted.  The inner two will stay off, mainly as the foul the flaps at full down!

 

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Put the no step decals on the tank, just need to put them on the jet now

 

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First nelly done the No Step decals - just noticed I missed 2

 

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Gave it a quick clear coat & the white walkway marking seems to have faded away a bit.  Misses & pylons on

 

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Need to do FOD covers & rbf tags at some point

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So the F3 has FOD covers and 2 rbf tags.  Could do more but starting to look the part

 

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So needs posing in the HAS properly but ther than that it’s kind of done.

 

So looking for something to take up my time.  I should get back to the F27 scratch build.  I should.....

 

Or another Toom?  Alconbury RF-4C - got the Alconbury decals with the last F-4 build

 

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Euro One scheme anybody?

 

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Or or UK based F-16?  Didn’t know such a thing existed until checking a while back.  And a visit to Bentwaters confirmed things - few nice models there

 

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Have an Academy kit & decals waiting too....

 

 

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Maybe get some ideas from these shots

 

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Started looking at the RF-4C today.  Bit of a change from the Tonka - 18 parts & it looks like a toom.  280 parts on the Tonka.  Just sayin’

 

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Sitting with the Lakenheath F-4C.  The Italeri kit has raised panel lines, compared to the nicely scribed lines on the ERTL version.

 

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Plus the cockpit looks a bit narrow, could do with some replacement seats.  Is it worth rescribing it badly, or build it as it comes?

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Decided the surface detail on the kit isn’t really what I want so started rescribing the wings & tail.  Slow progress.  Need to have a look at the cockpit & kit seats.  A couple of resin seats would be nice but only if the kit seats can’t be worked on

 

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Then I do need to decide on colour scheme & which jet this will be.  Hopefully I can work out a combo of numbers from various sets of decals.

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