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#16 DirkE

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 07:36 PM

front wheel well. Cockpitflor is the top of the well.

 

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 02:55 PM

finished the front well with added wires and some smaller plastic sheet parts.

 

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 03:32 PM

Good! Nice! I like the wiring.


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Posted 10 December 2016 - 03:53 PM

Next steps. Base color will be dark gull gray. The photo etched part is for the F-4J Hasegawa kit (Eduard # 49712). I definately use the foot rest. If the other parts fit on the ZM kit...idk yet. Going to add some details here as well.

 

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 06:01 PM

So here the parts for the engines. The F-4J was powered by a pair of J79-GE-10 engines. I included a photo (copyright not known) of a J79- GE-2. You can see what can be added to the kits engine.

ZM thought so far, that you can build a display stand for one engine. Therefore there is the E-sprue, where you can cut out the parts.

 

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 11:21 AM

This is the cockpit enhanced with some details ZM didn´t provide with the kit.

What ZM did, was to supply two sets of instrument panels and starboard side panels for the RIO cockpit. So you either build a J version before AFC-506 (Airframes change) or after. The instructions only show you how to build the pre AFC-506 version. (Bureau numbers 158355 upwards, are after AFC-506 with the controller mounted in the center.

 

Now since I had no fun to scratch the nice details away ZM put on the instrument panels and on the other side I had no joy to paint it with a brush (yep, call me lazy) I used instead the decals ZM provided. They are from cartograph and are only setting with a decal setter. I used my 8 year old bottle Mr. Mark Softer. A layer matt varnish and a bit dry brushing did the rest. Eduard add on set for the Academy F-4J has those pre-printed panels. I only used the ones for the starbord RIO cockpit. Here for the circuit breaker panel.

 

I also used those rails that are left and right in the front cockpit from the Eduard set. They are still unpainted, so that you can better them.

I will add some more wires for the ip of the RIO. But later.

 

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 09:53 PM

Dirk, that is a most impressive cockpit. Very well done indeed.

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 10:10 PM

That's most impressive.  I'm curious how those cockpit sills with all the detail fit into the fuselage halves.  Also, is there all the pushrod detail underneath them (canopy latch actuators)??


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Posted 23 December 2016 - 08:41 AM

That's most impressive.  I'm curious how those cockpit sills with all the detail fit into the fuselage halves.  Also, is there all the pushrod detail underneath them (canopy latch actuators)??

 

Thx Jennings.

 

The cockpit sills do fit into the halves...but only after I had to sand away approx 2mm of the cockpit side. Idk why it didn´t fit, but now it does without a gap. The latch actuators are installed. But they dont come with the kit. They are from the Eduard set #49712 (F-4J Interior SA Detail Set for the Academy kit).


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Posted 24 December 2016 - 09:55 AM

Great work here so far, I enjoy following you!


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Posted 24 December 2016 - 06:39 PM

The cockpit sills do fit into the halves...but only after I had to sand away approx 2mm of the cockpit side. 

 

 

Where exactly did you have to remove material from?  From the sill area, or from the inside of the fuselage shell itself?


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Posted 27 December 2016 - 02:37 PM



Where exactly did you have to remove material from?  From the sill area, or from the inside of the fuselage shell itself?

 

the areas marked red. :-(

 

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 04:00 PM

Nicely done so far Dirk, keep up the nice work.

 

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 04:15 PM

 

the areas marked red. :-(

 

 

 

Holy cow!!  Did ZM try to build any of their test shots, for crying out loud!?!?


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 08:28 PM

ok, fuselage halfes are glued together. No further issues.

 

I thought about using the Eduard F-J/S radar 1/48 (item # 648067 for the Hasegawa kit). But after comparing the ZM and the Eduard nose (which indeed has nice details)...and using a scaled down plan, thats inside the book from Daco Publications "Uncovering the F-4 Q/B/J/N/S", I saw that the Eduard nose is just wrong. So, no radar for the Phantom. here the photos.

 

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here the ZM nose. Looking good.

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here Eduards version...freestyle....

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plan from this book

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