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SapperSix last won the day on May 30 2019

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  1. Amazing, absolutely one of the best builds I have seen in all my years. I learned much from your techniques. I also learned about the plane. The salt technique and chipping was is perfect to my eye. Beautifully done. I will be using your build as the master to my future Corsair builds. Thanks for taking the time to put it to digits.
  2. Lots of work has been done on this Phantom since the last time I checked in. It's really close to a wrap. Last of many goals with this model is to give my photography a leg up. Once I get the right step ladder built and other adjustments, I will put up some proper photographs. This model has been a real learning experience to say the least. So many things that need changed now that I know better. Another Phantom build on another day to implement all that I have learned with this build. The modification of including/creating the canopy deck on this Revell kit, means the crew ladder is not going to be close to a proper fit. A good friend from Germany has sent me a Tamiya ladder to fix this issue.
  3. I have made the mistake of putting to much squadron in one place and have it melt and or deform part of my model. I haven't had Tamiya do that yet, maybe I am not trying hard enough? Tamiya has been fantastic in terms of conforming to the model and remaining. Depending on the contrast of the plastic and the Tamiya putty, an additional light coat of primer may be needed to rid yourself of the seam. I have been using a diluted Mr Primer Surfacer. Your mileage may vary......
  4. Fantastic reference. Beautiful work and plane. The wiring is very well done. Clean build, I could see a huge amount of patience and effort in this build. Thanks!
  5. Started decals on the nose when I realized that the reference photos show the decals I have already put on in black text, rather than the white you see. I have found no replacement. While the plane will look nice it will not be the historical match I was aiming for. Further research is required before I continue. They also seem to be holding air bubbles despite my attempts otherwise...I refrained from any gloss coat prior to decals. Maybe a touch will be required. The good news is the Jameson is very tasty tonight.
  6. Thank you Ron. Its been a real test. The input I have received from others has been very helpful. Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate the motivation as some of this has been a bit of a fight.
  7. Adding the panel lines to the tail, this is such a rivet counter moment for me. The more I learned and observe this tail section, the more I realized it needed to be 100% rebuilt. I am short panel lines per section.....but that is just another issue with the lack and incorrect detail in this section of the plane. I learned a lot about creating consistent cuts of tape and large amounts of patience. I sprayed MM Steel a number of times just to get a slight raised effect. Had I noticed the lack of panel lines before I had done the base coating I would scribe it. Noted for my next phantom build. If you look closely at this image you will also see some horizontal panel lines right above the vertical ones.
  8. Progress has been slow but productive. I finally figured out a path to the weathering for the war weary tail. Using Oils (burnt sienna, burnt umber, cadmium red, ivory black) a black and red brown wash, and Tamiya smoke. I re drilled the rivets and plugged them with a small piece of lead as noted in prior postings. After I sealed the base, post initial weathering, I went back with a bead tool to shape the lead plug. While I am sure there is a better way to do this, my initial push in to this lead down this path. In the end the initial shaping with the bead tool doesn't look too bad. My only complaint would be that the newly created rivet looks a little big compared to the washer. This picture shows the first lead plugs being shaped compared to the others that have yet to be shaped. Once shaped it will expose the lead color of the rivet making it easier to detail after a little clean up. Right side complete prior to detail and clean up. left side complete prior to detail and clean up. There is much still to do here. lots of clean up and detail. The aft section, past the tail hook, needs to be done up with rivets. Maybe I can figure a way to make the rivet smaller compared to the washer. In the end it will be blended with pastels to make sure its blended and given a much more flat look. Aft Section....The pressure of the beading tool spit the seem again...(sigh)
  9. The exhaust and the cans have been a learning curve for me. I can not emphasize enough how much I have learned while making this model. My tool and product purchases have also been undergoing a considerable increase. All equaling a joy for the hobby as never before. I do want very much to make clear that I appreciate the many people, all over the world, that have have offered advice and knowledge both publicly and through PM's. Below is an example of the general reference I have been using for inside exhaust coloring. My book from Reid Air, The Modern Phantom Guide, has been providing and enormous amount of detail. Below is the Phantom GT Resin kit that I have spent the last week detailing, messing up, starting over and having another go. In the references the green goes from a darker green to lighter as the distance from the burner increases. This picture tries to capture that variation. It was lots of patience during the dry brush process. The detail in this resin product is very well done. A light black/green wash will fill in the secondary air holes. I did it a small section with black only and the contrast didn't appeal to the eye. A bit of dry brushing to the cans and some pastels will finalize this effort.
  10. Thank you. Its been a real learning curve.
  11. Man'o'man am I getting a bit of a butt kicking. I have never worked with Alclad despite having it in my possession of many years. Just didn't have the guts to do any NMF work. Well, I have to say I love the product as it really works well, very well in fact. What I didn't count on is the primer showing every little tiny bit of CA glue that is in, on or around the custom made rivets on the tail....Sooooooo many little specs or CA that oozed out from under the rivet to make it look horrible. So.......Off it goes. I was planning on complete removal and starting all over again. I didn't want to get a punch set just yet, but I did. (I have caught the disease. Just have to wait for it o be shipped.) As I was using the CA de bonder I noticed it may be removing the wild glue specs and maybe complete removal may not be necessary. Jury is still out. A complete repainting of the NMF tail will be required and it looks like the de bonder may be roughing up the plastic a little. I will know more tonight. Off to cook dinner for my wonderful wife and family. I spent two days on the feathers. Lots of experimentation. The left is finalized with a soap based sludge wash. I love the sludge wash as its easy to take off its not right.
  12. I was getting ready to put some primer on the NMF tail of the Phantom. That's when I noticed that the rivets are all wrong, far too small. The reference picture verses what Revell did.......big difference. What to do? So looked at some other builds. The examples I found were few. Enlarging the rivets in the tail section would be a multi part process. I did choose to use the diameter of 2MM for the new rivets, not to scale, but I already had the 2MM drill and some wire or plastic round tube at the same diameter. I wasn't willing to place another order for a punch or more stuff. So I will have get rid of the small Revell rivets and replace with a large diameter washer and rivet. I am using the 2mm hand drill to get a MM deep or so. Then cutting some lead wire, putting it in the hole to be lightly sanded later to replicate the washer. I cant decide how I am going to recreate the actual rivet (If thats what it is). Making the new holes, and looking as to how I am going to plug the old small ones. All the rows of larger rivets are now drilled. Two of them with the first lead large rivet attempts. If someone else has any ideas on this I am open to learning.....
  13. I am amazed how deep the hole can be when one is tracking down information when striving for a painfully accurate build. I have began to understand the pain of those we call bolt counters. The below work took a good bit longer than I had expected. Just to put a few placards on I kept finding different or incomplete information. The main wheel well cover had a multitude of varying examples. By the time I said "Screw it, get it done!" about 4 hours had passed as I tracked various references and online sources. The Eduard placards had incorrect colors for the afore mentioned placard for the RF-4C. Which led to a little looking around. The speed breaks are very much straight forward. The ALQ-71 has completely false numbers and decals on it. I couldn't find many period examples. I was going to have to make some decals but instead opted to us some remainders to achieve an effect. Now I feel like I have cheated on a test....I will probably have to go back and make actual decals to assuage my mind. Still I have learned so very much. Having said that, my next build will probably OOB.
  14. Ray, Thank you for the kind words. Still working out the kinks on this one. I am getting excited to see it all coming together after so many months. Thank you very much. It has been a challenge and I have learned much.
  15. Lots of ground covered over the last couple days. I have found myself with a bit more free time than usual and have spent some of it on the work bench. Lots of paint shading and detail on the fuselage. Many hues of of the camouflage were experimented with. In the end I am very happy and eager to see the final harmony of it all. In some areas I did get a little loose with maintenance wear and tear. More on that later. I spent some time looking at the flare dispensers for fit and finish. I noticed that after all the re scribing and riveting alterations and modifications I made on the plane, I failed to make the changes in this area. I dont think I am going to re do the work. I will at least sleep on it. I turned the paint being taken off from the tape in to chipping. And did some real chipping. . The center line tank and some experimentation. More to follow. For the tires I had to make custom masks from Parafilm. The center of the main landing gear is actually painted in the old testors rubber color and not flat black. Its going to end up with a much more rusted look and the testors rubber paint already leans that direction. A little chipping was also applied. Dry brushing and pastels to come. I will come back tomorrow and give more detail. Time for bed after a good day on the bench. Thanks for looking and all the fine advice.
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