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Hi all,

 

I wanted to start with an apology, having planned to start the build after our holiday which coincided with this group build, my plans unfortunately changed to contracting this awful Covid virus. So I actually started a couple of days early. However the after effects have hit me quite hard, but I am blessed to not be suffering like others on here. I have to thank ModellingMinion for his support, encouragement and friendship that has kept me going.

 

So, I have done quite a lot to this point, and plan was to build a little, photo what I’ve done (didn’t have the time to always do progression shots, as the exhaustion and ability to concentrate was limited, so I focused on the modelling bit)

 

So enough whinging….

 

Here is bits I hope to turn into a fair representation of my fave jet😉

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and some of my dog-eared references

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Thanks all,

 

Si 

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So here are some updates, to bring me slowly up today…

 

I decided to build in components to keep my limited focus, and stop the many silly mistakes, so I started with the tail

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then I used my HobbyDecal rub-down decal sheet…. I thought it’d be easy….no not at all. I’m not sure if it’s because of the age of the transfers or my inability to gauge the correct pressure (which incidentally varied from sheet and colour) but this is it finally applied, with a matt coat.

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Next I played with the pylons, tanks and undercarriage. I did use lead wire for the brake lines (sorry didn’t photo that progress)

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Don’t think you’ll see this, perhaps time to rethink how much to add🤯

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Some more work in progress shots… tanks…

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Pylons…

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Finished waiting for the stencils…

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and applied…

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again…a nightmare to apply, but I’m committed now. Also not sure of what configuration to put her in as photos of VF-84 J’s are hard to find, so any help would be welcome.

 

thanks guys

 

Si 

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4 minutes ago, Covjets13 said:

HobbyDecal rub-down decal sheet…. I thought it’d be easy…

 

I think the imperfections in the decal enhance the realism. You are weathering everything else, so why not the paintwork?

 

The u/c etc looks fab

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2 hours ago, Bertie Psmith said:

 

I think the imperfections in the decal enhance the realism. You are weathering everything else, so why not the paintwork?

 

The u/c etc looks fab

I’ll be post shading, oils and pastels to bring it all together…hopefully 

 

Si

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Hi guys, here are some more updates…

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This is the front of the Black Box cockpit, it is lovely, I would have loved to have tried some of the 3D printed consoles, but they are not yet available…next time😉

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and installed into the fuselage…most of the BDR panels have been removed…

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so while is was attacking the fuz, I cut open the rat and started scratch building🤯

I then turned my attention to the undersize J79 burner cans…so I bought the Aires option, but it’s the same size, so I purchased the Reskit option. To my horror they were for the Revell kit, but they fit perfectly…Phew. 
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however, the afterburner igniters weren’t in with the resin, so not sure what to do🤔🤔🤔

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that’s it for now, thanks for stopping buy, till next time

 

Si

 

 

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On 05/09/2021 at 11:08, Covjets13 said:

Also not sure of what configuration to put her in as photos of VF-84 J’s are hard to find, so any help would be welcome.

The lack of photos for VF-84 F-4J Phantoms is because they did not operate them for long, The heavier J model landing on the smaller aircraft carriers off the coast of Vietnam had to land with a smaller fuel load to keep within the weight limits.  If there was a problem landing there was a risk of losing the aircraft so the Squadron reverted to the N model.  Nice work on your Tamiya kit.

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Lovely work, amazing cockpit detail and nicely done. Looking forward to following. Best wishes for the remainder of the build and hope you're getting over the covid!

Cheers,

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Hi guys, firstly, thank you for your kind words, it’s very motivating when your juggling a tiring job and dealing with the after effects of this bloody Covid. I have to apologise, as the sequence is all over the place, with no real logic, but I’ve been doing each little bit within my attention span…so here goes.


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Detailing the RAT, and addressing the poor fitting panel which covers the AirForce air to air panel. I used sone very thin plastic sheet and then sanded it flush.

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and the centre tank

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and the effect when it’s in place.

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some extras in the nose gear bay.

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and the A/C intakes about to be shortened.

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time to move the outer pylons, before I put the wings on.

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wings on, as well as some filler primer and re-riveting done👍
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Red paint applied… then realised the air brake wells are white 🤯🤯🤯

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and removed….shhhh, no one will notice🤫

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some 0.9mm washers glued to high temp areas, I hate superglue, it’s definitely a “dark side” product🤯

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I cut open the central fuelling and ground power access panels, and used very small magnets so I could attach the hoses and cables

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fuel hose, using the magnets, plastic tube, and a leather shoe lace

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and them in place…happy with that👍

 

Thanks so much for stopping by,

 

cheers Si 

 

 

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Evening got some time in the man-cave today, and had a little fun with the airbrush.

 

I started with some more MrSurfacer 1500 grey, then 

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then went berserk doing the panelines.

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Then some mottling 

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with a selection of colours.

 

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underside.

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Then painted white.

 

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then masked and painted grey….

 

And yes, I have just bought an Arfix Vulcan😉 as well as the Tamiya B, after seeing all the amazing builds, you just can’t have enough Phantoms.
 

Thanks for stopping by

 

Cheers Si

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Hi all, thank you so much for all your kind words and encouragement, it is very appreciated.

 

Here are a series of pics on the rear end, I know there are some superglue marks around some of the rivets…sadly my concentration levels aren’t quite back to where they used to be…but it is what it is👍

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That’s enough for one evening, I’ll blend this all with Tamiya transparent paints heavily thinned to bring it all together.

 

Thanks for stopping by

 

Cheers Si 

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