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enricoffo

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Hello 
 
Here I present my project for this group build. 
 
Kurnass 119 a F-4E Block 43 (69-7241), Peace Echo III
 
A bit of history:
Kurnass 119 was the flagship of Squadron 119 "The Bats". The plane was delivered to Israel in 1970. On October 15th 1973 during Yom Kippur War the plane was credited with a kill of a syrian MiG-21. The plane survived all the fighting and was upgraded to the Kurnass 2000 standard and renumbered 519 in the early 1990th. When the squadron converted to the F-16I Sufa the plane was put into reserve. 
 
Now the kit:
For this build I will use from Hasegawa the F-4E "IDF" (kit no. 09566) kit. The kit comes with decals for two IDF Kurnass 2000: 
 
Kurnass 718 of Squadron 201
Kurnass 606 of Squadron 119



The kit is the normal Hasegawa F-4E kit with the late wing with leading edge slats. The only extra is a metal cast inflight refueling probe. The majority of the parts have recessed panel lines but on some older parts are raised panel lines. 

Kit parts:













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enricoffo

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To make this more interesting I also got a lot of extras:
 
- cockpit, wheel bays and auxiliary air intakes from Aires
- cans and wheels from Eduard Brassin
- F-4 placards, F-4 fabric seat belts, air intake covers and israeli remove before flight tags from Eduard
- air scoops from Quickboost
- USAF F-4 pylons from True Details
- pitot tube, ram air inlet and AOA probe from Master Model
- weapon set B from Hasegawa









By now I have not bought the decals I need but the decal set I will buy is the F-4E Kurnass part 2 set from IsraDecal. The set comes with the decals for 119th squadron and with a complete set of hebrew  stencils. 
 
The main colors I will use are from Gunze H310, H312, H313 and H314.

 
The main source of reference will be four books:
 
- Part I and II of "Israeli Phantoms" from the Double Ugly Books
- "Tayeset 119" and "107 Squadron" from AirDoc



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Wow I think you got this covered.  O.o
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This is going to be epic !

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You have been getting ready for this build for a bit haven't you? What are your plans for the raised panel line portion of the kit, sanding and rescribing?
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enricoffo

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This will be so far my most extensive model I've ever built. I started to collect all the parts more then a year ago. When it was clear that the next GB will be the Phantom I intensified my search. All the stuff from Eduard I have bought recently during the special D-Day sale on the Eduard site.
The parts with raised panel lines will be re-scribed when I use them. 
Hopefully this evening I can do the first cuts. First I will do some hacking and sawing to make room for the extras and to remove things that do not belong to an E-modell Phantom.

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That is some shopping list!!
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enricoffo

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I did the first cuts this evening. 
First I put together most of the main parts with Tamiya tape.


Then I marked the areas that need to be cut or to sanded away.






Some of the areas are removed.





Toughest part comes next with the main wheel wells. 
I haven't marked yet the areas around the cockpit that need to go...

Thats it for today.

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Great neat cuts Enrico. Looking forward to seeing your modifications develop.

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great kit, loads of aftermarket, and then you start off with sawing and cutting! makes my hair stand up! nice work. thnaks for showing the process of getting that work done. nice pictures!
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enricoffo

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Hi Ted and Andy,

the cuts I have done by now, are most of the easy cuts. The wheel wells be will very interesting because they are so near to the air breaks. My plan is to cut them from front to back and at the back I will do those cuts very slowly with lots of dry fitting with the resin parts. The other more tricky part are the two lumps on the top of the wings. I must sand them away without losing the curvature of the wing. Currently I think that is a task for one evening or two. Hopefully later this day, I will be smarter about this. I also plan to do lots of pictures to show everyone what I do and hopefully how I do it. 
When this is done I will spend some time to remove some plastic to make room for the cockpit. 

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great kit, loads of aftermarket, and then you start off with sawing and cutting! makes my hair stand up! nice work. thnaks for showing the process of getting that work done. nice pictures!


Hair? Or is that singular? [biggrin]

Enrico, that is a very impressive haul, good luck and make sure to post along the way.

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Nice work on the cutting out, it's always a bit nerve racking to take a saw to a new kit ! But you have made a ver tidy job

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Wonderful start. I'm sure you will do her proud. 
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enricoffo

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First thanks to all for the kind words.

Have found some more details that has to go and marked it black. Behind the wheel well is I think an ECM fairing that has to go. I can't find this on the pictures in my books. The other are some braces at the inboard pylons that are modeled on the wing. Those will be replaced with parts from the pylon set. 



Then I started to remove the first main wheel well. First I scribed the forward and side parts with a Tamiya scriber. Then I used mainly a razor saw and a side cutter to remove the wheel well piece by piece. At the end I sanded it into the needed shape where necessary. 




Main problem here is that the wheel well is not just a flat shape as you can see in the next pictures.
 

 
But I think I got the shape pretty good.




To cut this out I needed around one hour, but I think it is worth the effort when you compare the kit part and the resin part.



Now I will remove the other one...


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