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  1. Rear canopy with LOROP camera sights. Sorry for phone qquality photo. Front canopy details
  2. Thanks Thierry for explanation, yes, RF-4EJ is conventional Mitsubishi-built F-4EJ adapted to carry one of three (TAC, LOROP and TACER) reconnaissance pods. I intend to make one of them ( LOROP, I think) in 3D and then print. Many details are already made not only for cockpit, but for external airframe and engines.
  3. Just finished cockpit for RF-4EJ conversion from basic Tamiya F-4EJ. Quinta Studio + some custom 3D printed parts.
  4. I had some thoughts about such possibility. Some sources hint at such hypothetical chance of using early floor parts up to D-30 series. I had to made additional research to make sure in my initial conclusion. There are two reliable sources I can refer to: "Parts Catalog for P-47D-25 Through P-47D-40" and assembly drawing 89F11237 for corrugated floor for all P-47 up to D-25 model. Catalog doesn't have any other reference than 93F12237 (flat floor assembly). Drawing 89F11237 has some remarkable note: "See drawing 93F12237 for later P-47 models. This assembly (89F11237) is not interchangeable with 93F12237."
  5. I absolutely understand the reasons for such option. It was unclear when the flat floor was introduced, but today we can prevent wrong choice making some notice with 100% reference from factory drawings.
  6. The only P-47D I've built is 1/48 old good Monogram as David Schilling personal mount. It was around 25 years ago, and yes, no exepition, it had incorrect corrugated floor also. I just didn't know the difference that time. Many models have just "universal" cockpit for all P-47 variants and Monogram P-47 is one of them. Why should we continue to repeat old mistakes again when we know how it has to be done?
  7. It's just wonderful to have an options and you make great work here, but there is no real option for Razorback Jugs because of lack of rear bulkhead, early seat mount, armor plate, radio etc. It is obviously not universal cockpit set and intended only for Hasegawa's Bubbletop P-47s. Am I right? Modelers continue doing mistake selecting corrugated (even making it from scratch like here Another Hasegawa Bubbletop) floor for Bubbletop P-47D versions. In case of your beautiful set totally unclear what second corrugated floor intended for. I'm just try to point attention to these details one more time. With full respect to you, Alex. P.S. Fresh sample of incorrect choice: Beautiful Gabreski's Jug by Tolga Ulgur
  8. By the way, all "Bubbletop" P-47D versions, including D-25 had flat cockpit floor. MDC cockpit mistakenly represents corrugated floor of earlier Razorback up to D-23 model. Here is data table from Republic factory new flat floor drawing. It's clearly seen that it was installed from D-25 up to N-25 inclusive - all bubbletop series.
  9. Very promising start! I like JASDF Phantoms. My Hi-Res F-4EJ Kai & RF-4EJ walkaround from Hayakuri for the help: Hayakuri gate guards and More F-4EJ Kai go around procedure at Hayakuri.
  10. Please look at this brilliant work from Russian scratchbuilder Ivan Zhukov. I think that it is good idea to present it here with Author's permission. The Author’s concise description and lot of photos below: Initial work started 3 years ago with 3D model in Rhinoceros 4.0 to get proper shapes. Later 3D model was used as “master” to cut internal structure details. The main airframe components were cut from 2 mm foamed PVC sheet and covered by shell of the same plastic, but 0.7 – 0.9 mm thick. The nose section framework was soldered from 0.9 mm copper wire using cardboard jig and templates for frames proper shape and alignment, then nose section was stuffed by all necessary equipment and “avionics”. The crew was modified from various plastic figures parts using two component epoxy putty. Cockpit glazing was thermoformed over plaster moulds. The M-88 engines are totally scratch built, using white metal casting for cylinders. Wheel wells interior structure and landing gear are soldered using copper wires, brass tubing and sheets. The next tricky task was to cover entire airframe with aluminium skin. The same technique, as Peter Castle’s (Airscale) one. Forming, cutting, riveting and so on. Long, long way to finish. Tail control surfaces have plastic internal structure and 0.2 mm thick PVC skin. Wheels were formed in plaster moulds using epoxy putty. Some external addition such as torpedo and its racks, machine gun, gunsights, wheel well doors etc. were 3D printed and painted to finish the project. Wingspan of finished model is around 700 mm and length about 470 mm.
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