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  1. No worries! Thanks for the info so far. I will look into getting the Flightpath nose and go from there.
  2. Just a few more questions: 1. What do you mean by "deepening the radome", do you plan to add material to the underside of the radome and area down to the nose gear bay? 2. Would a good way be to keep part of the base of Tamiya's radome to sandwhich in between the resin nose and kit forward fuselage in order to keep the correct overall fuselage length? That is how I understand your description above but I wanted to double check. I read your WIP from page 24 and forward but I am still a bit confused about which route to take.
  3. Many thanks Anthony and all for the input! I will look into this some more and consider modifying the front fuselage.
  4. I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere that the Tamiya F-4C/D/J Phantoms should need a nosejob. Has anyone used this set? https://www.djparkins.com/product.php?productid=17694
  5. Sorry for asking here, but has Italeri so much as hinted at a future Gr.1 release? I know about the IDS/ECR, but a proper GW1 RAF Tornado is what I would like...
  6. Agreed. One look at the AMK kit compared to Tamiya's rendition and the choice should be obvious. Still, the AMK wings may be usable on the Tamiya kit if dirty wings are preferred. Not a cheap solution, but still...
  7. The AM intakes for the Trumpeter kit are needed to correct the exterior shape of said intakes. But then, Trumpeter's intake interior is a bit of a mess by itself - but that's really another story...
  8. Having wrestled a bit with the old Tamiya Tomcat I'm having none of it anymore. Just not worth the work involved to make it shine, but that's of course a personal opinion. The Trumpeter kit is (as said above) rather flawed when it comes to exterior shapes. The Zactoman intakes are (IMHO) essential add-ons. The wing having separate flaps and slats is a no-seller to me as Trumpeter's rendition is still rather inaccurate overall. Tried to accurize the HB 48th scale flaps/slats to make the wings passable but it was a lot of work, and I'm pretty sure the larger Trumpeter kit has every problem the HB kit has... so no thanks. Revell... to me the forward fuselage around the cockpit with the windscreen and canopy all jumps out at me as being just more or less out of shape, with the shallow canopy being the main error for me. But others may think differently. If only Tamiya would scale up their 48th scale Tomcat I guess we all would be rather happy...
  9. I could sure do with the SF version...
  10. I emailed Res/Kit yesterday and got a reply that the F-4 (E/J/F/G/S) exhaust set will be available in the next couple of days. Great!
  11. Yes, but having an actual decal sheet at hand makes it easier designing the masks - or at least I believe so. I don't have much experience in creating masks just yet, but this subject seems to be one of the easier to start off with.
  12. I always thought the Phantom was covered in so much stencilling that it affected the total weight and performance! Good to know the low-viz S had less of the small stuff. Sure makes life easier.
  13. I´m pretty sure I have seen a new set of exhausts announced from Res/Kit, but can now only find this picture of the set. Nothing on the Res/Kit website. Strange. Res/Kit do some great stuff so a few sets of proper F-4 exhausts may fit the bill for the Tamiya kit.
  14. I suppose there are no decals for this F-4S? Google tells me no. https://www.airliners.net/photo/USA-Navy/McDonnell-Douglas-F-4S-Phantom-II/676821?qsp=eJwtjLEKwkAQBX9FtjagUSzSaWGroNgvd08NRu/YXdAj5N9dD7th3mNGCull%2BNi5ZFBHCpZwpzllFn4qdSM9UN5JojNdm/Vpdtk37aL1iyaxXXEd2bANAdkQ//4gEfKboKHWbl5fOkCOlWm1cR97zQPXBoz7gabpC8nCLzI%3D If nothing else I plan to cut masks but a decal sheet would be great to use as a prototype for designing the masks. I think decals will work fine for any low-viz stenciling that may be needed, which I can take from any available F-4 decal sheet.
  15. Ah yes, you can go with the NMF or grey on grey with half the cost... and perhaps half the effort to paint. I have already built one 72nd and 48th scale Viggen each in NMF and grey/grey so guess there is no more option left for me...
  16. I guess that’s a question only you can answer.
  17. Thanks all for your input. While I've spoken to the Aires guys a couple of times I never thought of asking why the fit of their stuff is so and so, guess I was too blow away by all the sets they offered at their table. My very own theory is that when a cockpit set has several base kits, say like the 1/48 Tomcat, Aires is tailored for one of those Tomcat kits and the fit to other kits is what it is. Case in point is my Aires cockpit for the 1/48th Tamiya Tomcat, IIRC the tub and IPs are identical to the older Aires set made for the Hasegawa Tomcat. But then again, the Hasegawa kit still need some real surgery to make the Aires set fit as intended... But when it comes to subjects with only a base single kit available, like the 1/32nd F-8 or MiG-23, I can imagine the fit of the Aires set should be about spot on. Hello and long time no see. I am well and I hope everything is fine with you and yours too. I have pondered this a bit and I lean towards your view. In 1/32nd scale the 3D items still may appear a bit flat and artificial. Perhaps 1/48 is the perfect scale for 3D, with PE doing the job for IPs and stuff in the smaller scales. So maybe a resin cockpit is still the way to go in this larger scale. In the case of the F-4 there is the exposed area between the two canopies that I assume still could use some detailing even if a 3D set is used. And thanks for your trust in my abilities!
  18. Painted larger markings sure will look good in this scale. I would have liked if the insignia & numbers set was divided up into a single set per marking option, but I can sort of understand why DN make a complete set in one go. Perhaps Montex go ahead and release a few sets, guess we'll see.
  19. Jennings, you certainly have a point about Aires stuff.
  20. With the advent of 3D decals from Quinta et al I find myself having difficulties on choosing which path to go. 1. Quinta IPs + resin seats + resin canopies with inner frames etc https://aerocraftmodels.bigcartel.com/product/mcdonnell-douglas-phantom-replacement-canopy-set-for-tamiya-kits 2. All resin+PE cockpit set (like Aires) which caters for all areas but probably with more assembly and trial fitting involved. And yes, I dislike doing cockpits but still really like the look of a well-finished office. Any thoughts?
  21. Excellent work! How does well the Aires Cocpit fit in the Tamiya kit? From experience I understand that the Aires track record when it comes to fit to the base kit is a bit so and so...
  22. Nice. I'm bit wary of Italeri's track record in 32nd scale but if they do release a Gr.1 in the future I might be tempted to get one.
  23. Ah, the pipes are paired on the upper left side only. That may account for my confusion when looking at photos and drawings. Thanks!
  24. Thanks Dennis and Rick! Very much appreciated info. Rick I may send you a message with my email for any photos you can share. In my references I have noticed that there indeed seem to be confusion as to which type has paired exhausts or not. For example, the Mushroom publication containing just drawings have missed that the Type 24 has the paired exhausts also on the lower fuselage. I just now tried to make both of the lower pipes (C15+C17) fit in their opening but it was tight so I figure some enlargement of the hole needs to be done. Rick, the method you used was the one I have been pondering. But I may go for a simpler route where I just glue each pipe to the inside of its corresponding panel (using some scrap plastic spacers). That way I figure I can adjust each pipe before installing the engine and the nose panels. Sounds easy enough in theory... but time will tell what works and not. Thanks again both of you!
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