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Coors 54

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    Padstow Cornwall
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    Sailing, walking, a bit of DIY, anything (man made) with wings from 1939 to mid 80's, a nice Pinot and a good curry (not necessarily together).

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  1. Tim, I built one last year and it fought me all the way. My example was a fairly recent pressing and the mould alignment was out resulting in prominent seams around everything, which makes for a lot of tedious clean up particularly all those lovely tubular cockpit frames. I did a Battle of France machine and made early four spoke main wheels using wheel hubs from the Airfix 1/24 Spitfire grafted into the slightly larger ones from the Hurri, as well as the Spitfire spinner sanded to make a more pointed DH prop. I bought the Yahu instrument panel and it is lovely but it didn't fit very well and required some work to get a halfway satisfactory fit. The landing light covers are an appalling fit, the engine covers need careful trimming and the canopy transparency's had flow runs, I got it painted and part weathered but the enthusiasm had been drained away so the final detailing hasn't been done. Don't take this as a damning review, I like the kit, I like the surface detailing and the shape, I like the price, but Airfix need to fettle the molds and tighten their QC or (we can hope), re tool it. Just watch the opening of "The Battle of Britain" film and tell me you don't want to make a Hurricane. - "We'll go with what we've got!" Mind you there were times when I felt like doing what Chiefy did to the lame ducks........... Dave
  2. I'm no expert on the Q version of the F-4E and as far as I am aware there is no kit available of it but isn't it a drone/target conersion so most of the differences are internal (black boxes and wiring) to enable unmanned operation? Externally it has new antenna fitted and a hi viz paint job. Should be a reasonably easy conversion of a late model E (or you could go G using the Revell kit) but getting to an accurate late model E is another story! I think Jake Melampys F-4 book has photos of a QF-4 of some description. Some of our 'Merican friends will chime in with more info I'm sure. Dave
  3. Any plans for a two seater? So much sexier.
  4. Thanks Kev. Just doing some research on the F-4S, never really took much notice of it as a sub type before but it is becoming my favourite version of the Rhino, it just looks "right" somehow.
  5. Thanks to all for their positive responses and the request for more pictures, the sun shone for an hour or so this morning so I took some more pictures and taking advantage of the new 15 photos per mail I shall now proceed to bore you silly, Again, speak up if you see any foobars, I have another to build as an F-4S so it will help get that right. Dave
  6. Hi all, thanks for your kind comments. In answer to the question on the exhausts, they are the resin ones and Kev, of course you can, I am honoured but maybe wait until tomorrow as I will do some more pictures? Dave
  7. Well, it's been a long haul but I'm finally calling this done, Tamiya's 1/32 F-4J finished as ZE352 74 Squadron RAF 1988. I bought the kit originally to do an FG1 conversion but with a kit being announced shortly after receipt decided I didn't need the pain of all that cutting and filling. As we all know the UK J's were delivered in a funny colour so I wanted to emulate that but also wanted to do a scheme that was a bit out of the ordinary, ZE352 in 1988 seemed to offer this, she was bit worn and tired, had a replacement panel in RAF Barley grey and some zap graffiti. So this is what I was aiming to achieve: I added some aftermarket - GT Resins F-4J cockpit and seamless intakes, Eduard exhausts, Yellowhammer decals and used some old Reheat ejection seats that I have had for ages as I wasn't so happy with the GT ones (detail was a bit muzzy). Painted in Xtracolour X127 for the Flint Grey and some assorted greys from the paintbox for the rest. I apologise for naff pictures, I'll try for some better ones if the sun ever comes out again. These are from earlier in the build; The hot section was painted with AK Interactive True Metal paste and some Baremetal foil. The red lines are to simulate the RTV106 sealant commonly seen. All comments good and bad welcome Dave
  8. Hi Reubin, I built the Tamiya kit as a MKVII a couple of years ago, it's on the site: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=48754 I cheated with the rear part of the canopy but overall I was happy withe result. Best of luck with your build, keep us posted on its progress. Dave
  9. Just received my set of modern jet labels and warnings- first of all exceptional service, ordered in the very early hours of Friday morning (well you have to do something constructive on nights!) and delivered to my door in darkest Cornwall on Monday morning, on top of that they are exquisite. Very finely printed (Fantasy Printshop?) and will add the finishing touch to your jet cockpit, thoroughly recommended, well done Peter. Dave
  10. Surely easier just to build theTamiya kit OOB? Or am I missing something obvious?
  11. Coors 54


    I am doing just this model and had ordered my parts before the thread started, the post lost my my first order but Gary re sent the items and threw in the periscope set - gentleman! Anyone wondering if GTResin are worth it -do not hesitate, excellent products, some of the best resin I have ever bought. Dave
  12. I believe you Tom, and I can imagine the Tamiya inlets are not totally correct I just couldn't get my head around the differences. Your explanation of the ramp/inlet functions make sense and explain the hunch shoulder of the Brit inlets. Jennings, I never thought the HKM kit would be based on the Tamiya kit and with all the help they are getting it should be an excellent rendition. So even if I build the Tamiya kit as an F-4J(UK) It looks like I need new inlets! C'est la vie...... Dave
  13. Sorry to resurrect this old thread in light of the HK kit coming but I've been measuring up my Tamiya J and I'm a bit foxed with intake measurements. A bit further back in this thread are pics taken of an FGR2 by Warriormcv with tape measures in them that show the intake width as 44+cms wide, this in 1/32 scale is approx 14mm, now the Tamiya intake is 18mm wide and the Hasegawa 1/48 FGR2 intake is 14mm wide! To back up the intake measurement (in real life) another thread had measurements from the Boscombe Down aircraft that were in inches, the max intake width was 17.5 inches, around 44cms. So what is the width of a J79 inlet in real life? Tailspin Turtles blog has diagrams showing the fuselage increase over a standard Phantom but tape measures don't lie. So - have I got my measurement conversions and kit dimensions totally wrong (highly likely), is the Tamiya J inlet too wide? Is the Hasegawa inlet too big? Are Brit inlets the same as all other Phantoms (highly unlikely) and the increase in inlet area size is further down the inlet tunnel giving the wider fuselage? Jennings and HK are probably on this like a rash and have all the answers but I would like to know. Dave
  14. Thanks again guys, Shaka the "overspray" on the wings was done with a small piece of sponge and applied almost dry, feathering the MSG into the edge of the Dark Green, softening it. I didn't do the whole airframe as I wasn't too keen on the results but I may give it another try on my Messerschmitt Bf109K-4 that I am about to start.
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