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Wolfpack Phantom - 8th TFW F-4C


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Thanks very much Tom.


Still plugging away, my focus now is on the pilot's cockpit.   Plenty of pictures out there, with the exception of the aft bulkhead area.   Many of the ones I've found are from semi-derelict jets, which aren't fully representative of the real deal.   That being said, they have given me enough info to get started.   Nothing exotic for the bits I've added, just plastic sheet and copper and lead wire.   I just got a delivery of various diameters of lead wire and this stuff is great. I've never used it before but it's much superior to copper and/or styrene rod.   Extremely pliable and easy to work with.   Note - I won't be adding much to the upper bulkhead at this point.   I'll need to have the cockpit installed in the fuselage and then I can go back and add those details. Got a lot more details I need to pack into this area. 


So my standard caveat - Still much to add to both 'pits but I'm getting there!



The hydraulic (assume that's what it is) reservoir isn't really working for me.   I'm thinking I'll do this part over.





It all looks a bit crude in these closeups but I'm confident that when done and viewed from a normal distance, this will improve.   You guys gotta trust me on this one!

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Decided to take a break from endless hours of cutting, gluing and painting lead wire to replicate various pipes and wires in the cockpit.   My break consisted of a few hours of cutting, gluing and painting lead wire into this nice little bit of aftermarket resin:




It's a drop-in replacement for the horrid auxiliary engine intake interiors that Tamiya molded into the fuselage underside:



I just added some additional wires / fuel lines to augment what was already on the resin bits, did some quick painting (a lot of this will be mostly hidden) and called it a day.






Not my best work by any means (although that bar is set pretty low) but when viewed through the intake door openings, it should look pretty nice.   Here's a couple of shots of the real thing.   I'm not even close to what is really there but it's better than what comes in the kit and definitely easier than trying to scratch build all this.





Now back to adding electrical lines to the cockpits.  Thanks for checking in. 

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Adding some details to the cockpit sidewalls.     Nothing elaborate but once the cockpit tub is in place, it should look nice and "busy". 



I'm thinking the forward section of the pilot's cockpit is pretty much done.   Added some linkages for the drag chute handle (the yellow / black fitting under the left side of the IP and the remaining Qunita parts.   Also added a drop of clear orange to the knob on the gear retraction lever right above it.   Still have to add more details to the pilot's aft bulkhead.





That's it for this weekend.  I'm (slowly) getting there! 



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Thanks very much guys!   


Resin engine bays are installed.   With the covers glued in place, there should be more than enough detail to make what you can see appear realistic.    Very happy with this set, well worth the $18 I spent on it.   I'll be trimming up the door edges a bit before final painting.


BTW - on this subject, any Phantom experts know how these work?  I understand that these were auxiliary air inlet doors but how exactly did the air get into the engine?   All I see from pics of this area, is the underside of the J79.  One would also think that this location would be susceptible to FOD. 


Anyway, a few pics:







Should loke nice and busy (and grimy) once the inlet covers are installed. 



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So I'm thinking I'm close to done with the cockpit tub.   I've added more details, mostly wiring but also a bit of structural stuff from plastic sheeting.  Also used a couple more Air Scale placards.   The only thing I've found through all my research is that the cockpits of these jets varied a huge amount depending on the version and when the pictures were taken.   As there are no detailed shots I can find of circa 1967 F-4C cockpits, some of the details added are based on my best guess.    The end goal is to try to realistically portray the clutter and wear and tear that was present in these cockpits.    I think it will look pretty decent once installed in the fuselage.  Note that the upper bulkhead sections are a bit bare.    That's because I need to install the tub into the fuselage, at which point, I will be adding additional details to these areas.   


Anyway, here is my finished cockpit. 





And with the seats dropped into place:











So that's it for now.   I will mention - I had a heck of a time trying to find good reference pictures of the aft bulkhead area on both pilot's and WSO's cockpits.   I did find a few but if anyone out there has some pics that haven't previously been shared, please feel free to post them, it would be gratefully appreciated. 


Thanks for looking! 

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Thanks much Anthony!


So I've reached a milestone of sorts.   I've got the cockpit in place.   Despite being a bit clunky, one thing I like about this kit is that Tamiya molded the entire upper fuselage in a single piece.   No messing with putty / sanding media to clean up seams.   The entire cockpit tub just gets secured in place using a couple of screws.   Just to see how things looked, I test fitted everything first:



Looks pretty decent!   To get the tub in place, you have to gently pull the lower sides apart.   After that, you are good to go.     However, prior to doing this, I decided it would be beneficial to paint the forward fuselage to minimize masking issues later in the build.   


As mentioned, this jet had a weird mix of non-standard colors, faded paint and touch-ups using whatever they had in the motor pool apparently.   It's going to be a challenge painting this beast.   I added a few more colors, as always, masking using Blue-Tack.   I have to admit, I really enjoy doing these hard-edge paint jobs.   For years, I have stayed away from all aircraft that had this type of paintwork, I'm so glad I pushed my comfort limits on this build.    


Here's my current progress.   I mainly focused on the forward fuselage but since I had the paint loaded into my airbrush, I figured I'd also do a few areas further back.    Note the two tones of dark tan.   Hopefully it replicates the look of the real thing.






Got a bit of touchup work required.  You can also see the upper bulkhead areas of the WSO's pit that need some details added. 







That's it for now.   I'm having a blast with the painting, one challenge overcome!   The next challenge will be getting the lower fuselage sections to fit.   I've heard some horror stories about this.   If anyone has any tips for me, please chime in.


Thanks for looking. 

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Oh that is coming together so nicely! I built two of these kits and don’t recall any serious drama fitting the lower fuselage/wing to either. If it’s the section forward of the wings I’d suggest gluing one side first, let it dry, then the other. If it’s the upper wings to the fuselage I’d suggest dry fitting the lower wing to the upper fuselage, then dry fit the upper wings. If there’s a gap add a spreader to the upper fuselage. Hope this helps.


Cheers,  Tom

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Thanks very much guys.     Painting continues.    As mentioned, using Blue-Tack is a game changer.    Simply run a thin "snake" of the stuff to mirror the pattern, stick some paper towels along the edges and spray away.   You can spray straight down and get a slightly feathered border or spray at an angle and get a sharp border.     


Pretty sloppy looking for sure, but it works. 



Aside from that, I've made a bit of progress on the paintwork.    This scheme is pretty challenging since there are probably 8-9 different shades in use here.    From my previous post, here is the original 589.   I'm seeing two shades of tan, dark brown, dark OD, light green, medium green and a dark green.   I love schemes like this!



Here is where we are at so far.   Still have a lot of touchups to do for oversprays and I may end up tweeking some of the colors.








None of the paint is straight from the bottle.   All (so far) are Model Master enamels, with various colors added to adjust the tones. 


Lots more to do.   



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