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TedUSA

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Nice to see you back in action on the Phantom as well Ted. I'm having trouble seeing all the photos, it might be my end?


Simon,

I saw some problems when I first looked back at the F-4 build. Pages of images were gone. I replaced them best I could. I see all the latest images I posted--the bomb stripes. But.....something definitely happened while I was gone so long. ALL of the images are on my "picassa" page. Don't know if the snafu was Picassa or Genessis?? I may have to provide a link to my Picassa page, but I think it is open to the public---I need to check. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. BTW--are you seeing blank image spaces with a "MINUS" sign in the center? that is what I saw on some previous pages.

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Yesterday at UNIT 7 I returned the 1/48 Academy Phantom F-4B to the work bench. I had started it during the Phantom GB but life barged in and it had been packed away for months. I resume the process with some "damage control" items.


the in picture graphic should say "getting ready to..........."


paint damage from removing tape masking and also paint getting under some masking.


container of misc parts ready to paint/decal, etc.

It will take a while to get everything re-oriented and my mindset focused on the order of the build on the Phantom. I am seriously considering a second build completely different from the Phantom to keep my interest up and have something to fall back on if I need a break from the phantom now and again--like during the decaling???

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I am feeling some good mojo about picking up the baton on the Phantom and finishing. Today I removed the "cover" from the cockpit area and knocked out some corrections there that I already knew about. when I first put the pilot and RIO in, I did not dry-fit the canopy sections on the fuselage. The RIO was too "high". He popped out easy since he just had a spot of CA under him and a spot under the seat [whew! so glad!]. I used the dremel with a long shank burr tool to grind out the seat mounting rails and old CA glue, then carved the RIO's legs and bum. altogether, he was dropped down about 1/4" when I dry fitted him back in. All the handling required a lot of paint touch ups on the RIO. I also removed the pitiful Ejection seat pull rings. they were bad to begin with..too thick and poorly painted. I plan to replace them with wire. I also noticed that the top glass in the HUD system was lying flat on the cowl. I am looking at REF pics and want to fabricate a wire stand or use some stash PE to make a better mount for the upper glass. I also started the process of repairing the paint problems on the tail area in general. Final work was removing the seams on the canopy "glass".








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Glad to see you getting your mojo back.
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Glad to see you getting your mojo back.
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Steve, thank you very much! Its been a process but it often is for hobbies. Moving, life changes, very different man cave, and then pulling the Phantom off the shelf all took a while to get rolling. the P-38 and figure work was a good intermediate step. Most all scale modelers seem to go through the mojo on/mojo off phase but that was also true for my other hobbies in the past--art, photography, etc.I am excited to get to UNIT 7 each day that I can go.

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Today I focused on three items:

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re-installing a bit of detail that had popped out from the belly of the fuselage--the "guts" of the auxiliary air intake/exhaust I scratchbuilt the pieces and glued them in before the fuselage was put together, and somehow one side got knocked inside the fuselage. it came out but how was I going to get it back in?? REF: http://genessis-models.websitetoolbox.com/post/academy-148-phantom-f4b-6961358?&trail=435

2. creating some replacement ejection seat ring pulls from wire. I am also going to make some from thread and see which I like best.

3. 85% reorganization of my "storage/workbench" area to allow me to use 1/2 of the space for scale model work. Much more "open" and easier to move around in my office chair. still a bit messy for now. still need to build a proper paint rack and build the mini vacuform machine. I also have to re-arrange some lighting. but for now--it works well. The picture was shot with UNIT 7 door rolled up. to the left [not in picture] is my stash and rolling storage drawers with the rest of my model supplies. Plans also include a vinyl curtain to separate the storage area from the model bench.



















Here is a link to making the ejection seat pull rings from thread:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/tools_techniques_and_reference_materials/f/13/t/155293.aspx

and here is a link to my favorite "movie" ejection seat sequence [this will give you MOJO]: Not very real world but definitely exciting!




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Thanks for the link ted!! that's a great way of making pull handles and your Idea looks great as well. Got to love "Behind Enemy Lines". Now I want to build an F-18...Great to have you back on the Phantom btw!!
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Thank you Neil! today I stopped by a cheap dollar store and bought some thread to make some alternative pull rings out of. it was POOR quality thread and the colors were off as well. I am going to get some really good, thicker, better color thread and give it another go. I am also going to make some more wire pulls with a smaller gauge wire. Today turned out to be a dry run of sorts. I think that the thread technique would be good for 1/72 kits? Well, here are some of my "attempt" pictures.











need better thread and need a smaller "pen" to apply black stripes to wire pull rings. Back to the drawing board!!

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Excellent idea Ted for bending the ejection pull.  I was thinking about trying the coloured telephone wire, the really thin stuff found in telephone extension cable as its thin enough for the scale and easy to bend.  When I find it I will let you know how I get on.
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Excellent idea Ted for bending the ejection pull.  I was thinking about trying the coloured telephone wire, the really thin stuff found in telephone extension cable as its thin enough for the scale and easy to bend.  When I find it I will let you know how I get on.


Thank you Ian. Of course, both methods are not my ideas at all. I found them online. I was actually thinking of making a little jig that will make the pulls for 1/48 and 1/72. I'd toss it in my tools and use it..........a few times? PE pulls are great if you are getting a cockpit AM kit. I am also going to look in my "metal/wire" stash and see if I have some telephone wiring. My GF suggested I get some embroidery thread. It is thicker and has vibrant color.

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At UNIT 7 today I chose some thinner wire [sorry, no gauge on spool] and smaller tubes [brass this time] to bend the wire around. I used the same technique as before and the rings were much more "scale" to my pilot's seats. I painted them several thin coats of Tamiya XF-3 Flat Yellow but failed to take a picture.

My other work was a seam that has been a problem from the time I glued the intakes on. there was a step off. I have filled it with green putty and Mr. Surfacer 1000 several times, sanded it down, then screwed up the re-scribing! I have used a metal scribing guide, tape, label tape, etc. each time I cross the Mr. Surfacer the lines go to crap. today I filled in the re-scribed lines with Gap filling CA glue. When it is rock hard, I will have a go at it again.









that's all for today at UNIT 7. hopefully I will get back to the bench tomorrow. I have gathered materials for the vacuform machine and I may work on it some also.

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I spent most of my hobby time today building the vacuform machine. did just a bit of work on the Phantom.




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I had a long session at UNIT 7 today and I really enjoyed it. I worked all over the Phantom and my Mojo is growing exponentially.[cool]

1. Did some scribing
2. masked some missiles and other parts for paint.
3. attached the canopy to the cockpit one piece at a time with PVA glue. when I glued the canopy parts [4] together off the plane, they just fell apart. not enough strength to hold together with PVA glue and no support.
4. Attached the completed [smaller] ejection seat pull rings and did some touch up paint around them.
5. attached the vertical stabilizer [already assembled the main components earlier in the WIP thread]. Still had 4 parts to complete the install. Unfortunately I had lost the tiny light lens for the front of the spine of the stabilizer. I took a piece of clear sprue and ground it down with the Dremel tool, then used skinny sticks and the X-acto to finish. Attached with CA glue--will go back to get it in final shape and polished. probably "mask" it with masking fluid?
6. worked on the auxiliary centerline fuel tank.
7. spent a lot of time looking over the Hobby Boss 1/48 F4U-4 Corsair. its a fantastic kit.





















All from UNIT 7 today!

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Just a bit of work with the Phantom today. I AB white on the centerline fuel tank. the felt pen "pre-shade" seemed to work ok. Later the tank will get a wash. I also painted the tips of the 8 missiles that are part of the ordinance load.





I am considering ordering the canopy masks from Eduard.......Yes


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Small steps today [working on three projects at once].
Note: I DID order the canopy masking set for the canopy but it is not from Eduards.


Some missile paint work as well as the centerline auxiliary fuel tank tip painting. Also masked the tail section off AGAIN to get some paint blubs fixed in the metal paint there. Note: masking in the tail section was not complete when I snapped the pictures--sorry. I also masked the "light cover" on the front spine of the vertical stabilizer and painted it with Tamiya "clear red". I did not make a picture--oops. The Light cover is the tiny piece of clear sprue that I had to fabricate becasue I lost the kit part.

One picture below identifies a problem with the canopy windscreen. In order to get the windscreen to meet with the front pilots canopy, the front edge of the windscreen does not meet the fuselage in front of the cowling. Opinions on how to fill that gap? thank you.














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