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Tamiya 1/32 McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom 2 years 10 months ago #1

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I could go nuts with this and buy a pile of Eduard sets and aftermarket nozzles etc, but funds are tight right now, so this will be OOB. It would be great to have the set to up-detail the canopy latches and rear view mirrors though. I think the cockpit detail is acceptable, but will try to add the wiring for the flight officers instrument panel bulkhead.

I already have the Legend Production Martin Baker seats.


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Watching with interest here.

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Hah !!

Took mine out and fondled it a couple of weeks back....
....then re-calculated the display space I'd need and immediately put it back again :whistle:

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also watching with great interest...like those seats

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I might have to make this one a roof hanger, lol. I don't really have the space either. I've designed a floating shelf for my office. Just need to get the materials and build the thing. A glass display case would be perfect. Keeping my eyes peeled for a cheap but decent unit.

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Yeh, yum. she will be a big beasty when done.

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The end of build night 1. Felt like I got a fair amount done, but in the grand scheme of things, not a lot. Cockpit and exhausts primed, horizontal stabilisers built and a few other bits and pieces worked on including fuselage and the exhaust heat shield seam tidied up.

Think I will do her as the VF-151 bird with the yellow and black tail. I intend to mask the larger markings and spray them.

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Pipes painted and weathered
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Side consoles and flight officers sections masked and sprayed NATO black. Wash, drybrushing and detail painting to come.
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I must see more! Good to see a big jet being done.

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Feeling in the zone tonight, I hand painted the dials and switch panels on the instrument panel. Side consoles drybrushed and ockpit parts washed with AK Interactive Dark Brown for Green Vehicles wash. Canvas sidewall areas sprayed with a 50/50 mix og khaki and desert yellow. I'll put some photos up of these other parts once more detail painting is done.

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A bit more work on the cockpit tonight. Detail painting is now done.




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great work on the pit mate!!

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Wow, that is very nice work on the IP. Very crisp. Looking forward to seeing more.

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Thanks guys.

I think this one is going to be a fairly long, drawn out build. I'm cutting back on the hours I put into models at the moment as I have a kitchen and roof to paint and need to get stuck into the garden as well as have a good clear out inside the house. I will be skipping installing the intakes as the seams and the step at the front where they join are just horrible. Instead I have some Quickboost resin air intake covers on their way from Lucky Model. So that will cut down the build time a little.

I'm hoping to prep and paint up the ejection seats some time this weekend.

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After spending the long weekend painting my kitchen, tonight I did some more kit. Cockpit going together well. Just finished applying the decals for the instruments (still to gloss the instruments that are represented on the opaque plastic of the instrument panel) , drilling holes for the wiring for the central bulkhead and cutting the resin seats from their plugs.




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Looking good!

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Nice start to this one. Always liked the big Tamiya Phantom. Given the amount of work you've done so far to dress up the cockpit, have you seen this from largescaleplanes.com ? Some fairly easy fixes (and some not so) that may be of interest to improve the look of the Phantom. To me the two biggest issues are the incorrect (too steep) outer wing angle and the nozzles being too small in diameter.

Tamiya 1/32 F-4J Phantom tweak list (PDF)

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Thanks Craig. I'm not sure where, but I've got that link printed out somewhere. I'm definitely going to do some of the easy stuff like fixing the wing dihedral. When I read about the BDR panels on the fuselage I thought they should be pretty easy to remove. After seeing how many there are and that they're quite thick and I'd need to replace all the panel details and rivets, I'm contemplating leaving them as is. I'm going to fit Quickboost's intake covers (if they ever arrive from Lucky Model (over 3 weeks now since they were dispatched) as an easy fix for the issues surrounding the intake. I'm planning on using my custom RBF flags, so it will look the part with those covers on.

The build is taking a bit of a backseat right now. Painting door and window frames in my house this weekend but will endeavour to do some kit in between.

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Taking it easy tonight after I passed a kidney stone at work and spent the majority of my arvo at A&E. Have primed the ejection seats, prized off the spine hatch and put a spacer made of sheet styrene under the hatch to bring it up to the same level as rest of spine. This had been bugging me and after drilling holes through the inside of fuselage and squeezing a few drops of Tamiy lacquer thinner in the holes I managed to prize it off. Have just finished wiring up the RIO's instruments.


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Just airbrushed the black on ejection seats and rear of RIO's panel. Going to do a bit more work on the wiring plugs in that area. Also completed the glazing on the instrument panel. First I used a drop of AK Interactive Fuel Stain wash and then a drop of Future. Toned down the attitude indicator with a drop of fuel stain wash too because besides it being incorrect in white, it stood out like dog's danglies.


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The cockpit is now together sans ejection seats. I still need to paint the cushions, harnesses, buckles and other fine details. Still deciding on colours I will use for this.

Last night I assembled the 3 drop tanks. The way they fit together is a bit of a horror show, but once glued and then taped and clamped together, they are fine. Also glued the tail halves together.

Sprayed Alclad Aluminium on the cockpit sills and once dry applied a layer of hairspray. Next I will airbrush interior green, chip, apply another layer of hairspray, spray the black and chip that. The end effect will hopefully show layers of chipped paint. I haven't weathered the cockpit excessively, so will also be a little restrained in this area.

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Much like the picture below.
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That's looking fantastic so far. What's the hairspray for? is it like a clear coat?

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Thanks Grover. The hairspray makes it easy to achieve a chipped paint effect. After moistening the top coat with water I scratched it off to reveal the aluminium underneath.
I decided I will hand paint the minute amounts of green. A wash, flat coat and light drybrush with grey oil paint will tone the contrast down a little.

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I also tidied up the seams on the drop tanks. They're decent size in 1/32.
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I really enjoy your techniques and general attention to detail.

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Thanks Wally.

Did a quick test fit of the cockpit before work and it should come together nicely.





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Looking very nice there! Superb work!

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Thanks Fritz.

Painted the green chips with Gunze interior green and coated sills with Future before bed. Added a wash of AK Interactive Dark Brown for Green Vehicles which is more a black brown when I got up to go to the loo at 2am, lol. The flat coat still to come will tone it down that little bit further.

Before and after wash...


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Thanks for showing the progress and all the tips/work you're putting into this. Great learning for me. B)

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