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On 3/14/2021 at 10:02 PM, GMK said:

Anthony, the quality of your work on the intakes is outstanding! Not many people’s work can withstand the harsh glare of macro photography - yours can. 

Thanks buddy, the big photo's on my screen certainly show up the imperfections that you cant see with the naked eye!


On 3/15/2021 at 12:52 AM, LSP_Kevin said:

That looks amazing, Anthony!



Thanks Kev, certainly turning into a 'long game' project!


On 3/15/2021 at 1:08 AM, Rainer Hoffmann said:

Wow! Absolutely clean and precise work, Anthony! I'm looking forward to seeing more of that Phantom.



Thanks Rainer, hope to show you more soon!

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On 3/15/2021 at 2:23 AM, Kagemusha said:

All that work's certainly paid off, those look great.

Thank you, I am quite pleased with them too


On 3/15/2021 at 4:48 AM, Marcel111 said:

Wow, intricate yet perfect work on those intakes!



Thanks Marcel, I appreciate that feedback, means a lot coming from a jet guy like yourself!


On 3/15/2021 at 5:04 AM, GDW said:

Yup, exceptional work here Anthony! A real treat to follow, for many reasons. 


I think you should write for KLP Publishing a guide to modifying and detailing 1:32 aircraft the Anthony in NZ way. That would be a terrific inspiration and resource for sure!   

Thanks buddy, well I dont know if Kev can wait as long as this is taking!


On 3/16/2021 at 3:54 AM, vvwse4 said:

Looks bloody brilliant to me!! Now get them in!


Cheers Rick

Haha, I am tryin Rick, I am trying!


On 3/16/2021 at 5:29 PM, jimbo59 said:

Amazing work! 

Thank you sir!  Love having your input!


Thanks for everyone who is liking and commenting, I enjoy each one and it motivates me immensely as I would have shelved her by now!


Update not far away now....

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I thought it was time to remind you all following along that I am still alive and still (amazingly) working on this Brit Toom.


Where did we finish up...oh yeah, intake vents...how could I forget that!  Well the good news is that they are pretty much done, still a little more (believe it or not) refining on these but 90% done now.






I foolishly thought I could glue them in, but after studying some panel lines, things didnt add up. Please see this photo  Damien Burke took, actually I love this photo as it really shows a lot of details.



I will explain in more detail once completed and my wash in there, but the panel lines are all slightly different on these FG.1/FGR.2 intakes.  Not a lot, but enough to bug me.


I re-did the 2 rectangular panels on the front half (and yes I made one a little too long and have filled with CA and rescribed to shorten it, also in the process of replacing and finishing off the rivet lines )Tamiya only have put about 1/2 of them in, so I am just finishing them off and this will match the rest of my airframe details too.


Looking at this pic enlarged identified why they looked different.


The 2 access panels are slightly different and have an extra section.  These are correct for US ones but it doesn't seem so for the Brit ones...of course :rolleyes: , close but different.  This took a lot of figuring the correct positioning, as remember these intakes are slightly shorter and rivet line spacing is slightly different.  Anyway I am pretty sure i have it sorted and you will see it better once I get them panel line washed. Essentially moving about some of the vertical panel lines forward and adding new ones.






I am not going to get too carried away on the top section as all this is going to change shape soon


Oh one more thing I must say is that a few members here have help with some info and in particular 3D scans of the fuselage overlayed on drawings and known measurements.  I am now convinced I know why the intake vents on the side are too close to the radome opening, it appears the fwd fuse is about 3mm too short, and by adding about 2mm to the font bulkhead I correct the length issue and the Air Con vents end up in the correct place.  Also explaining why Flightpath shortened their resin nose replacement.  I am not going to worry about any other slight mm differences as I can live with them after correcting the nose. But more on that closer to the time.


Thanks for checking in and the delay on an update


Cheers Anthony


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22 hours ago, GDW said:

Ohooo, more... good!

LOL, thanks buddy!  I am not going to win any races at this speed!


6 hours ago, Rainer Hoffmann said:

Now that's attention to detail, Anthony. Great work and very clean and precise!



Thanks Rainer, I appreciate that very much considering your high standards!


I have been working flat out to finish off the port intake so you can see all the panel line differences.  Hopefully fairly soon will be able to post a pic


Thanks again chaps!  You're what's keeping me going at this point.  I think once the intakes are epoxied to the fuse I will feel like I can move on again


Cheers Anthony

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6 hours ago, D.B. Andrus said:

You're killin' it, Anthony!  Spectacular and outstanding.





(A-4 very close to ready...how often have I thought that?)

Hey Damian

glad you're still hanging in there on this build!  Quite fancy doing my Trumpy Skyhawk now you mention it LOL... no, no rush buddy!


I present to you one Spey intake ready to glue to the fuse when the other side is finished!  I havent riveted across most of the top of the intake rear section as this still needs extensive modification of shape.


















Overall pretty happy with it, especially those new vent sections.....man I spent some hours in there!


Thanks as always for stopping by


Cheers Anthony

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2 hours ago, mozart said:

For a “lump of grey plastic” (no offence intended!) that is very beautiful Anthony! :coolio:

LOL, thank you


Kerry just phoned me and sent through his latest Spey Can update.......these have been studied and measured to within an inch of their lives and are going to be as accurate as you will ever get.  Nearly finished now except looking for some more details at the spray ring set up deep inside., if anyone can help?


We need someone who has a printer capable of doing these in 1/32 and if there is interest, 1/48.  maybe someone might want it in their product line??


Anyway, enough talk









Goodness me, 2 updates in one day!


Cheers Anthony

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