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  1. Thanks Barry. I like how you tackled the wing. I was surprised at how thick Tamiya made the wing. I should have thought about making it thinner. Also, did you show the front landing gear in an extended position as well? If so how did you achieve that? This goes for everyone, as I am trying to figure out how best to cut, extend and secure the metal gear. Appreciate some help for this one. Gord
  2. Thanks Alain, A quick update. The pilots have been locked away into their offices and the canopies have been attached. Some of the odds and ends have been installed and focus has been on getting the leading edges in place as well as the angle for the outer wing. There is still some clean up to do but I think it is starting to look like a plane. Thanks Again all. Gord
  3. A quiet weekend on the F4 but our friends have found their heads and we are almost ready to button up the office. Gord
  4. Thanks Stephen and Out2gtcha for your kind words and encouragement. Its at this point that you need to dig deep to keep going and try and maintain the level of detail and accuracy without doing a 'that will do' type attitude. Peter, I was hoping someone would chime in on this. Very descriptive and helpful. As I have advanced the pilot and rear I decided that I would take it back a few seconds before the launch. I have the RIO reaching out to grab something to hold onto with his right and the left is parked in his lap. The pilot is finishing his salute with the right and has his left hand at his lap. It may be difficult to adjust his hand position to the throttles now. A few more pictures shows the seats and pilots done (but still headless horsemen). Hopefully this will look convincing, and Peter feel free to tell me if this isn't how it should be. I was a grunt in a former life with a passion for flight but never had the privilege of being in a jet so looking to those that have been there to provide some guidance. Thanks again for reading. Gord
  5. So after a week of work and travel, I finally got back to my bench. I missed the opportunity to take a few photos but I hope these will show the progress. With the leading and trail edge flaps removed, I went about filling in the cavities with plastic card and preparing them to be installed in their extended position. The top of the wing was installed and a round of filling is still needed. The trailing edge is not exactly like I have seen in photos but I am hoping it looks close. I also found the outboard leading edge to be very thick and it didn't lend itself to being extended. I took some creative licence with the exacto blade to get these to fit and be positioned appropriately. Not perfect or accurate but better than being totally wrong. As more parts get installed I realized I also needed to get a move on the figures, so I started working on these. These need to be in place so I can finalize the canopy and prepare to paint. I have assumed that in '71 the pilots have gone to a green flight suit and not the orange that was common earlier. Hopefully this is correct. Some additional pipes and wires to be added, more details to be picked out and oh, he needs a head. Thanks again for reading and as always please comment. Gord
  6. BradG I am still looking to get a proper rivet wheel as i have a few projects that require rescribbing and riveting. Until then I have been using these tools. Gord
  7. Another quick update. Here is a shot of the cleaned up walls behind the seats. For the RIO I used a thin plastic card painted and then lead wire to line up with the fuselage wire. Hopefully convincing and busy enough. Gord
  8. Ok, so finally making some head way. With the intakes in place and the tail set up I have dry fitted the cockpit. Everything seemed to fit well except for a bit of gap behind the pilot seat and the painful transition between the cockpit tub and the fuselage behind the RIO. Both of which can be easily tidied up. With the tub screwed in place, The engine cans were added followed by the bottom of the aircraft. It's nice to see some progress. So next question. At the point where an F4 was being launched from a carrier, where would the pilot and RIO hands typically be placed? Appreciate some insight and feedback. Thanks for reading. Gord
  9. Building on my last post, there has been a bit more work. Primarily the removal of the leading edge flaps and the trailing edge flaps. This was done by carefully scoring the panel line until the piece could be carefully snapped off. Also some attention to mid canopy assembly with the holes drilled out, paint and the addition of some photo etch. In addition the exhaust was also cleaned up and assembled and is ready to be installed. Finally some focus on the tail with the assembly of the horizontal stabilizers and tail cone. Thanks for reading. Gord
  10. Progress continues. Having now done the intakes, I feel that if you have money to burn then you should definitely get a set of seamless intakes. If you are being economical as I have, then you can make a valiant effort but there are definitely challenges. From what I have leaned it seems that getting the intakes totally seamless and to fit properly is challenging. I expect that my struggle is from inexperience and not anticipating the problems that would appear, however it is definitely worth a try. To summarize the major issues are addressing the flex in the outer cowl when putting the pieces together. In addition the horizontal seam that is created between the trunk assembly and the portion that is left on the A/C. Finally I struggled with mounting the intakes so they would sit flush against the fuselage and ended up getting a major gap and offset. This gap was then filled and sanded back. I believe the culprit to the offset was the screw that holds everything together. At any rate Step 1 in the instructions is done A few other points. The antennas that sit on the cowls are not part of this aircraft and should be omitted. Ie. don't drill the holes as indicated in the instructions. duh. I also cleaned up the splitter panel so there is a cavity inside and added the 2 vertical supports. Finally, and further to Peter's information I believe that this panel is the point where the holdback cable attaches. Perhaps someone can confirm this. More to come. Gord
  11. The build is really coming along. Looking good. Gord
  12. Thanks Peter. This was helpful. Gord
  13. So following up on the slat question. I have several images from the Jolly Rogers F4J's that seem to show slats. Am I missing something. Would these be leading edge flaps. Again appreciate some insight. Gord
  14. Thanks Peter. It seems I missed a key step in my research and made some assumptions. I will adjust my approach for ordnance to reflect something a little less aggressive. As for the bridle , I looked through some more posts and videos and I think I now understand a bit more. I'm still not sure about where some of the cables go and hopefully you can add a bit more to this. As for you diorama, that is quite something. That must have taken quite some time. Very nicely executed. I found this video very helpful. Thanks for shedding some light on this. Gord
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