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A few more items made it into the spray booth, landing gear and stabilators.

 

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The 1:72 Monogram F-4 C/D parts (1985 boxing) are impressive. Because the little plane sits so low to the ground, I have been thinking that the main gear would be hidden from view but actually, looking forward from the back side, many of the MLG details are visible. 

 

The wheels (center) are 7/32" in diameter.

 

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Since I sanded away the framing on the canopy, I have been playing around with masking. Not real happy with my efforts. I ordered a Maketar canopy masking survival kit to make things a little easier. It is on back order but projected to ship early January. So while I am waiting for the mask set and Eduard exhaust, I have continued working on the landing gear. At this point, the tires have been painted and two coats of Tamiya XF-86 Flat Clear have been applied.

 

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On 12/24/2020 at 9:19 AM, Oldbaldguy said:

Hmmmm.  All this magnificent work visited upon an egg plane makes me wonder:  Has anyone ever scratched an egg plane from nothing?  I mean, we’ve seen everything from gigantic scratch built B-17s to spaceships built from thin air, so why not egg planes as well?

 

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1 hour ago, Michael931080 said:

Hi GDW, any recent updates on your EggPlane Phantom???

 

 

Hi Michael.

 

I have not been feeling very well for the last two months. Just had some surgery yesterday and I am happy to say that after a bit of recovery, I will be back to normal. For now, I am enjoying perusing the site and lying low. 

 

Glad you checked in.

Greg

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1 hour ago, GDW said:

 

Hi Michael.

 

I have not been feeling very well for the last two months. Just had some surgery yesterday and I am happy to say that after a bit of recovery, I will be back to normal. For now, I am enjoying perusing the site and lying low. 

 

Glad you checked in.

Greg

 

Hi Greg,

 

Sorry to hear about you not feeling well and the surgery!  Glad you're on the mend and enjoying the relaxing time!  Just take your time and enjoy.

 

All the best,

 

Michael

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After quite a long, unsuccessful search for a Maketar Canopy Survival Kit, I finally found them in stock at Hannants and ordered two. Link below if you are not familiar with the product: 

 

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They have arrived in the mail and I can now press on with the build.

 

Now that I am thinking about gluing on the canopy, I decided to make one more improvement to what's underneath. The pilots shoulder harnesses never have look right to me, they seemed too "molded on" without enough relief. Applying a wash did not make the detail stand out adequately, so I used some photoetch buckles from an old Waldron detail set and Tamiya tape to make the much needed improvement. 

 

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I am much happier with how they look now. The ends of the belts float freely, adding shadow and dimension to a highly visible area. Tomorrow, I will paint them and get started masking the canopy. After the canopy is glued on... PAINT! 

 

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Cheers

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Pictured below is the resin copy of the Eduard tailhook uplock (which I broke), modified to fit the model. This will not be fixed permanently until after painting. 

 

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The tape seat belts were painted with Tamiya XF-19 Sky Grey, lightened with XF-2 Flat White. I get good results brush painting Tamiya acrylics, using 70% isopropyl alcohol as a thinner. The paint was left to dry overnight, then the belts were given a wash with Flory Models Grey water based clay wash (with some Dark Dirt added). The following day everything was sealed with Winsor & Newton Galeria acrylic matt varnish, which works great. It self levels, never leaving brush marks and dries clear and flat, not cloudy or chalky.

 

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The cockpit is done. Time to get the canopy masked, which I find to be the most difficult part of the hobby. This one in particular because there are no existing canopy frames present. My plan is to establish the canopy frames first with strips of tape, fill in the spaces and pull away the tape "frames" after the gaps are masked.

 

God willing and the creeks don't rise, we will have something to paint!

 

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2 hours ago, Kagemusha said:

Looks phantastic. 

 

Thank you phrend!

 

Goodness, this happens on every F-4 build doesn't it... LSP house rules I think.

 

Phourtunately, the F phour community understands if no one else does.

 

Bhuh bye   

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A major milestone on this little model has been passed tonight, with the help of Eduards 1/48  F-4 Phantom II mask set (EX 004), designed for Hasegawa F-4 kits. Here are the up to date pics, warts and all.

 

I just could not properly establish the canopy framing on the forward windscreen, using only thin strips of Tamiya tape. The mask set gave me what I needed in order to get symmetry and consistent gaps around the center oval part of the windscreen. Then, the rest of the frames were laid out with .5mm strips.       

 

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Once the canopy was masked up, I sprayed Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black, followed by AK Real Color Light Sky Blue (FS 35526).

 

Of course, some touch ups have to be done when the paint hardens off, in order to sharpen up the broken edges on the frames but the most difficult part of the job is behind me now. Without the mask set, I would have never been able to get the result I did. Thank you Eduard!

 

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