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1/32 Revell F-4E - What could possibly go wrong!

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I see that in its infinite wisdom, Photobucket has decided to remove all the links to the photos in this thread so I'll try to replace them over time from a different source.

Finally worked out how to transfer from Flickr (first photo done!) so lets go with that. 

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Well here we are 2 years down the line and it's still not finished! We are at least another step closer on this marathon-esque build.
I gave the whole thing a gloss coat with Tamiya X22 and then polished it with a fine sander until it squeaked. Then it was time for some excessive squinting. I do like decaling as the model takes on its identity and it usually adds some colour and detail that starts to bring the project to life (clearly I am not a fan of dull grey on grey markings).
 
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However, a model on this scale can take a lot of decals before it gets swamped and the F-4 was no slouch in the tattoo arena. I borrowed the walkway lines from an RF-4C decal set and some spare black lines. The stars and bars are from Microscale. No real issues with any of them.
 
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Icarus do a nice line in black stencil data suitable for a jet of this period. You know you are in for a long ride when they recommend blowing up the instructions to A3 so you can keep track of them. Even so, some of the placing and orientation was a nightmare in guesswork. The 'F-4 under the skin' references were invaluable in helping out, even if they were for Greek RF-4Es.
 

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Anyway, the top surfaces are done and sealed with another gloss coat.
 
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I have to say I did slightly better than normal in terms of silvering and with a bit of blending in at the weathering stage even the worst offenders should be hidden from view. Of course I still have the underside, fuel tanks, weapons and pylons to do - a month off work should crack it!
 
More eventually....

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An old USAFE Hahn-bird... VERY NICE !!!

Just a little remark on the stencils: if I remember correctly, the stencils on the sandish brown color were painted in white...

Never-the-less: looking quite nice and looking forward seeing this bird finished.

 

Regards Rudy.

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Thanks chaps, and I still have half the stencil decals to go!

There's not a lot of detailed info on these older F-4's so any steers are welcome.

 

PS - I didn't mention that the unit markings are from Air Doc and go on very well.

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Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all a very constructive 2018.

 

Well I've managed to use some of the Xmas break to continue the somewhat painstaking art of stenciling. Pictures of the underside of F-4s are somewhat difficult to find so some of the placing is a little subjective and some of the decals you won't even see when the weapons are on but I figured that if you buy them you might as well use them!

 

 

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 As you can see there's no shortage of useful information for the ground crew though how they can read any of it under the jet beats me.

 

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The nose gear door is not glued as its where I access the batteries for the lighting.

 

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Next step is to finish off some of the weapon decaling and then on to my favourite bit, a bit of weathering!

Actually my favourite bit is unmasking everything at the end but that's a little way off yet so weathering it is.

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Haha!

 

The guys from maintenance crew were clearly NOT expected to bring ANY prior knowledge to their work with these birds. The whole User-Manual was just printed on the machine!

 

I bet you read all this stuff, while applying the decals, Richie, and now you could immediately start to work on Phantoms.

 

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Full respect for your endurance, here's hoping you won't go blind... :coolio:

Joerg

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That looks beautiful!  But OMG the stencils!

 

I spent a short time with VMFP-3 in 1984-5.  The Rf4-E's were that grey on grey radar reflective paint.  Not pretty at all.

 

Gaz

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Just think of the poor guys and gals who had to paint these on for a living!

 

Many thanks for the feedback chaps, I think it took twice as long as it should have done as I ended up reading most of the markings to see what they referred to.

 

It might be a little while before I tackle a similar task.

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