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Tamiya F-4D Phantom II- Finished!

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#16 andromeda673

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 09:59 PM

yikes, thats gnarly, I hope you heal up and get better.



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Posted 23 November 2014 - 02:20 AM

Carl

Nasty for sure and glad you'll only be out of action for about a week. A few years back, I managed to put too much pressure on a #17 blade, it snapped and the part still in the X-Acto knife went right in to my fore finger. A trip to the hospital and four stitches later, I gained a lot more respect for paying closer attention to such things when working. We're lucky as it could.have been worse.

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Posted 16 January 2015 - 03:52 AM

Hi folks, 

 

I thought I should post an update on this build and show it some love  :wub:  . Since I've been plugging away mostly at my UH-1 build, it's safe to say my thumb healed up nicely, The scar though has pretty much changed the appearance of my finger print. That's two now that are manged beyond recognition on my right hand  :whistle:

 

I finished painting and assembling the cockpit tub. I gave everything a very light dry brushing with Tamiya grey from their weathering pastels.

 

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The main IP is done as well but since it attaches to the coaming, I don't have it here.  


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Posted 16 January 2015 - 03:56 AM

I painted the area around the cockpit opening and behind the intake splitters to make it easier for me further down the build.

 

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At this point, I noticed a few seams that needed touch ups I will do those and re-apply the paint. 

 

I think I should be finished on the UH-1 build this weekend so hopefully that means a bit faster progress on this build. 

 

Carl


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Posted 16 January 2015 - 01:57 PM

Nice work - not bad for being one handed - reading that did make the legs go cold!!!!!

 

 

Taff - :D



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Posted 21 January 2015 - 04:53 PM

Thanks Taff, I was a bit surprised too how much I was able to do minus a thumb.

 

I painted the insides of the intakes flat white and then masked off the front section of them for a coat of neutral grey:

 

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Using a tip I learned here, I plugged the intakes with a small piece of foam cut to fit. After a quick coat of paint, here's the end result:

 

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I then added the inner section of the Vari-ramps made by AMS. Considering that I was using AM from two different manufacturers, they fit together really well.

 

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 09:07 PM

I believe if I'm correct that Sierra Hotel includes a template for making a decal mask for the gray interior.


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Posted 21 January 2015 - 10:13 PM

Thanks for the tip, Bill. I will have to check out their intakes for future builds. That being said, I didn't find it that hard to mask them off.

 

To attach the intakes to the fuselage, I decided to glue them in two stages to get the best possible fit and minimize any filler/sanding. I first applied CA along the upper "shoulder" of the fuselage that is behind the intake. I outlined the area in red in this pic:

 

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I made sure not to get any CA on the trunk portion of the fuselage. This then let me adjust the outer sections of the kit fuselage to get as flush a fit as possible. 

 

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As a result, the joint only needed a couple coats of Mr Surfacer 500 in a couple places and was smooth.


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Posted 29 January 2015 - 05:11 AM

I then CA'ed the right intake into place using the same technique:

 

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A view of the two intakes installed:

 

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With the aforementioned coats of Mr Surfacer

 

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Posted 29 January 2015 - 05:23 AM

In case anyone was wondering, here is the GT Resin exhaust can on the left compared to the kit one on the right. The difference in size becomes readily apparent

 

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I also started to paint the rear section of the plane using Alclad II. For the burner cans, I used jet exhaust which seems to be quite dark. I may go over it a bit later with something lighter. For the tail section, I used stainless steel and ran into an unplanned but interesting effect. I spray Alclad onto bare plastic which I polish with rubbing compound before hand. This seems to work the best for me as I had a terrible time when I tried using their black primer. If I spray thin coats on to the polished plastic, I find I don't experience any crazing.

 

The unplanned effect came from when after spraying the separate lower section, I noticed a couple rough spots still. I sanded, smoothed and re-polished the affected areas and then resprayed the Alclad. There was a noticeable difference in the sheen of the Alclad on the areas that had been bare plastic compared to where there was still Alclad from the original coat. This has led to a bit of a subtle weathered looked without me having done anything additional.

 

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Posted 29 January 2015 - 05:27 AM

I know most modelers like to cut the tailplanes apart and install them after but I always chicken out doing that and follow the instructions. Blasphemous I'm sure but it works for me. To make it at least a bit easier for me, I paint the assemblies before putting them together. 

 

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Here's the tailplanes with the grey sections done and just waiting to do the metal parts:

 

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Posted 29 January 2015 - 07:47 AM

Carl, great idea on the mask and paint before putting them on. And glueing stage looks good.....Harv :popcorn:


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Posted 02 February 2015 - 03:38 AM

Carl- Looks great!  I really like your finish on the metal areas by the engines.  Well done :)

 

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 07:38 PM

Thanks Harvey and Kai. 

 

Here are the horizontal stabs with the grey masked off ready for their coat of Alclad.

 

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It is a bit of a pain masking things twice but I can't complain about the results.

 

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And here they are installed with the lower section in place. I used the Tamiya  pastels and put on a bit of blue for heat staining.

 

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 07:49 PM

To fit the GT resin burner cans, I did some trial fitting to check the fit. It looked like I was going to have remove some plastic from around the engine openings as I was getting a sizable gap when trying to attach the lower wing. I then noticed these two tabs on the lower wing:

 

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By removing those tabs, the burner cans turn into a drop fit. Which allowed me to attach the lower wing. I started by applying regular Tamiya liquid cement to the tabs on the wing. Then, starting at the front fuselage, I lined the wing and fuselage together and ran Tamiya Extra Thin along the seams. 

 

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I left the sprue gates on to protect the wing tips and prevent me from snapping them off. They don't interfere with the attachment of the wing to the fuselage. That brings me up to where I am at the moment.

 

Carl


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