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Tamiya F-4E. Easy Rockin Mama.

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Guest Nigelr32

Hi all,

 

Here's my Tamiya F-4E project.

 

I started this kit late in December for a GB over on Pro-modeller.

 

In this first pic, I've only sanded smooth the awful fit of the intakes.

I say "only", but believe me there's a good couple of hours work in those intakes already!! I hope I don't spend two hours on every four parts I stick together lol.

 

Intakes.jpg

 

Believe me, if you haven't built this kit, you won't know what I'm talking about. The intakes are kind of hexagonal on the inside, and need to be sanded round, oh, and the seams are like craters. three coats of mr surfacer to fill them!!!

 

Thanks for looking.

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Well, it's no good, I just had to cut out the offending parts!! I figure it'll be much easier to work on the intakes this way, rather than try and handle the whole fuse.

 

cutoffintake.jpg

 

I'm also hoping that now I can glue these to the rear of the intakes, which should be much better than trying to line up, sand and fill everything??

 

I'll let you all know???

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And here they are, glued to the mating parts and fitted back into the fuse.

 

Intakes1jpg.jpg

 

 

Here we can see the bits and pieces of plastic card required to get a good fit between the parts

 

Intakes2jpg.jpg

 

Intakes3jpg.jpg

 

I don't know, I've spent hours on this one, and have still only glued four parts together!!!!

 

Thanks for looking.

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And here they are... I've given the intakes their initial rub down, and thrown a coat of primer on them as a guide to final sanding. I look forward to seeing these in their final light grey colour.

intakepainted1.jpg

 

Thanks for dropping in..

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Here you go, part # in this tutorial on "How to make your own seamless suckers for your Tamiya Phantom".

 

The next stage is to lay up some plastic strip to build up the massive step, and avoid having too much filler in there.

 

intakes5.jpg

 

Please let me know what you think?? I think I've gone crazy, and should have bought some seamless suckers??

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Here's a pic of the intakes in primer. They still need a final rub down, and probably another coat of primer, then it'll be on to the light grey.

 

intakesfinished.jpg

 

I'm pleased with them, it's been a long journey!!

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I thought it only fair to share my experiences with fitting the Black Box/Avionix cockpit into this F-4E, so here's another little update.

 

Avionix don't tell you about this bit...

 

cockpit4.jpg

 

You need to carve away a little of the bulkhead to get the front pit to fit up to it flush. Just remove a little of the ridge in the area marked red.

 

You also need to remove some resin from the base of the front pit to allow it to fit in the ridged area as shown below, and to clear the wheel well beneath it.

 

cockpit5.jpg

 

As you can see it now sits as the plastic cockpit would. I believe this only applies to the E model, as it has the cut off fuselage in the kit. The other versions are longer, and the tub screws in from underneath.

 

Avionix suggest you remove the lug for the screw in the front wheel well. well, I might want to use that screw, so I removed some material from the tub instead...

 

cockpit2.jpg

 

Finally, here's the tub in the fuselage. Notice how the lug now clears the tub. I've removed more than necessary, to allow for adjustment and alignment.

 

cockpit3.jpg

 

I guess I'll spend the next few jours of my life sanding and adjusting the side panels???

 

This is just so much better than my last kit!!!! I'm enjoying modelling again!!!

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Following on then...

 

Here's the cockpit in the fuselage with the side panels all trimmed and sanded to fit..phew!!! what a job!!

 

cockpit6.jpg

 

But, I hear you ask...How's he fitted into the fuselage???

 

cockpit7.jpg

 

I want to be able to be sure the 'pit is never gonna come loose and fall down in the fuselage, so I made a little securing system, which can be assembled and dis-assembled as many times as I like, and then glued in on the final assembly.

 

Here it is..naked!!

 

cockpit8.jpg

 

 

As you can see the side panels are glued in with white glue. I have now marked their positions with plastic strip, so i can fit the side panels to the fuselage rather than the tub. I MUST have a good clean join on the sill!!!

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The work on those kit intakes is really impressive! Seeing your work also made me very happy that I'm lazy and buy resin instead. :wicked:

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Looking good so far, Nige.

 

Good work on the intakes. Makes me glad I spent the extra dough on a set of seamless intakes. I took one look at the kit parts and placed the order.

 

C

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That work on the intakes is awesome. I am cheating and using fod covers. I got the kit second hand and the intakes were already assembled. I wish I could have tried it your way.

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Thanks very much for your kind words Guys.

 

I've got an F-4J in my stash, and intend to do the same again!! I really do like sanding!! :party0023:

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Hi all,

 

Thought you might like to see this little beauty!!

 

NautilusJig3.jpg

 

It's a nautilus Jig for the Tamiya 1/32 Phantom family. It's made by Nautilus models in the good ol US of A. It only cost $21 shipped to the UK, a bargain in my opinion!!

 

Here it is assembled

 

NautilusJig.jpg

 

Thanks for dropping by..

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As you can probably guess, I'm catching up with my pics at the moment.....I don't really work this fast!!

 

bombs.jpg

 

The daisy cutter is from the spares box, Trumpeter I believe?? The extended shaft is 2mm Evergreen rod, the tube is 0.5mm brass tube. It has a 0.3mm bore. The wire is 0.1mm copper wire from little cars.

 

The wire needs more work yet, as it needs to loop around some pins on the Ter's and Mer's. The cable breaks when the bomb is dropped, allowing the prop to spin and arm the bomb.

 

 

You may also notice the rough finish of the bombs body. I achieve this by roughing up the surface with some 240 wet and dry, then brush Extra thin cement over the top of it. This is to give the rough cast finish seen on USAF bombs. Don't go overboard with this, or you'll end up with Navy bombs!!!

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