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I am throwing my hat in the ring for this fantastic group build. There has been some amazing work done so far and I am hoping that this endeavour will be at least half as good as what I have seen. There have been some awesome Phantom builds online and I have always been fan. Even when I was a kid and started modelling, this kit and jet held my fascination but was always out of reach from a skill set and financial standpoint. Now that I am older and back in the hobby, I could finally get my hands on this beast. I picked this kit up a few years ago and now that I am getting more proficient its about time to tackle this kit. This group build has been the impetus for seeing if I can do justice for the kit.

So I have the kit and will be getting the Eduard PE as well as the Hobby Decal markings for the VF-84 Jolly Rogers. Thats about all I will added to the build as i am hoping to scratch and modify anything that needs to be added. I am also looking at setting her up on a diorama ready to be launched from a carrier catapult. I also know there are some challenges with the kit and so I am using the tweak list from Thierry Laurent as well as several other build logs such as this one on ARC as part of my references. 

As usual please comment. If its wrong or you have suggestions please let me know. I can improve through hard work and guidance from this great community.

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Thanks for Reading

Gord

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In advance of getting the PE, I am starting to work on some of the key issues with the kit. The first issue is the raised panels that cover the fuselage and intakes. The one common theme from reviews of the kit and comparing against photos is that these panels should not be there. I have marked some of the panels and will start to scrape and sand these down. 

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What is not clear is whether this panel below should also be sanded back or removed. It is symmetrical and seems more than a BDR. In photos of some walk arounds the panel is there appears to be proud of the surface. Insight from others would be appreciated.

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Beyond identifying panels to be removed, I did some work on opening the vents above the exhaust nozzles. I carefully ground out the inside and ran my knife across the blades until I broke through. I know the size and shape of the blades are wrong, I am just not sure I could do justice to getting these perfect. 

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So this is the start and I welcome insight and comments.

Gord

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Nice job on those vents! Braver than I was lol

cant offer any advice on the panel unfortunately. 

 I probably did mine before i had enough experience as i was afraid to tackle those bdr’s. I commend you for waiting. Based on your vent I’m sure they won’t be visible when you get done. 

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Thanks guys for your comments. Kev, I have adjusted the link now so that should help with other readers. This build will take a bit to get going as I clear a back log of projects and wait to get the AM for the kit. In the mean time I have continued to open up some vents (Carefully)and get rid of some of the raised panels.

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I have also started to modify the intakes to address the issue of the seamless intake trunks.

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Thanks for reading.

Gord

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On ‎2‎/‎3‎/‎2019 at 11:59 PM, gmctaggart said:

What is not clear is whether this panel below should also be sanded back or removed. It is symmetrical and seems more than a BDR. In photos of some walk arounds the panel is there appears to be proud of the surface. Insight from others would be appreciated.

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Not sure if you already addressed it, but that rounded off rectangular panel is a real panel on both sides of the fuselage (panels 54L and 54R), although should be essentially flush from what I've seen.

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Nice one

 

brings back fond memories....a kit i fondly recall as an enjoyble build. 

 

Hope to see yours done up soon

 

rgds

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Hello Gord,

 

Great neat start .... loving it... looking goid so far ..near workmansjip; and I shall return to see mire.

Keep up the excellent work.

 

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