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SimonD

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Better late than never. Been in everything else so having a crack here as well.
I've had this kit a couple of weeks. It's the cheapie version of Fabians excellent build, and I'll be building it straight OOB. So I will be happy to get it finished in correct order on time more than anything else. (A trophy for the biggest tryhard will be graciously accepted! lol)

The only thing I may do differently is convert it to a USAF version, from decals from a 1:72 F111 I have, but I have to research a bit first before that will be confirmed. So it may have to be an F-4E .. as I read.

Here are the entry pics, and I am, as you can see, under way! lol


Alternative decals I may use:


And we're away ..



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Simon
I am sure you will have a good go at it, and get it done.
Good luck.
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Thanks Steve [smile] I ummed and ahhed a bit about the timing and frankly the work being produced here is extremely indimidating but also terribly inspiring, and when I had a good look at the box it's a pretty simple build,  so we're in, beach balls and all. lol
I just played around with the bombs last night while I planned my strategy for tackling the cockpit etc. I'm still planning. lol

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Hi Simon, great to see another 1:72 build. The fit of my kit was good, except the intakes. But it seems that's part of the fun building a Phantom. Lol
Would love to see you building the J-version, but of course its your call :-). Have fun, looking forward to your cockpit plans...

Edit: I see you got pilots and weapons with your kit, great! No idea why mine didn't...

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Hi Fabian, thanks for the heads up mate, this was the only Phantom kit in the entire shop I frequent. lol I got it because I love the plane always have, there were so many great references here to build a great one, and I was keen to try a Hasegawa kit as I'd never built them before. It's interesting that as soon as I opened the box it looked much better quality to what I've been building since I started back, so I'm looking forward to getting into the likes of Tamiya and Eduard/Academy kits etc.

Can I just reiterate what a brilliant job you did with yours though mate? I think it's absolutely stunning and I also think you'll shake the whole field up come judgement day! lol If I can get anywhere near yours I'll be well pleased. [smile] And your build was the primary motivator for me getting the kit in the first place. I didn't think you could get a brush-painted 1:72 finished off that well.

I'm thinking about a resin cockpit actually, I've put one on a wish list just now, I just have to wait for the payday to arrive before I can start ordering, I'll post details the minute I have them, if I get them. Not for any other reason but to play with a resin cockpit. lol I have detail in the kit cockpit, but no decals, so I'll probably paint that up as well for the practice. As for intakes? Ready as I'll ever be I guess. lol

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Great to see you in the group build Simon, looking forward to seeing this one take shape

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Thanks Pete, it's a very nice little kit this one, so should go together without too many problems (he says), still researching a bit with this one, so will be steady going until I decide if I stay with OOB, or go USAF, or even RAAF! The RAAF loaned 50? I think? Phantoms from the US in between our Canberra demise and F111 acquisition, so I'm trying to locate the proper squadron decals to fit, if not I may  ... make it up as I go along, which won't please the rivet counters of the world, but I'm not here to please them hey? lol
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RAAF would be nice, i don't think I've ever seen a model of an Australian F-4. Don't worry about pleasing anyone but yourself mate, you could put the telephone number of the local curry house on it as a serial number and 99.99999999 % of folks wouldn't know it was wrong the 000000000000000.1% that do, obviously frequent the same curry house

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Lol a good analogy that, yeah I'll be doing a few RAAFy's over the journey and I love the colour scheme of our F4E. This one caught my eye:


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Very nice, the Phantom looks amazing in camo, I have a set of decals to do this scheme on my big Academy hornet


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Just a question Pete? I'm painting up the hornet's bit and pieces I'm building in the background, bit of a warm up for the Phantom, and a lot of it is in gloss white, which I'm painting with an auto enamel I have. and I seem to be getting a lot of lint and rubbish in my paint when I brush it on, I want to fix the issue before I start painting the Phantom, the only thing I can put it down to is sometimes I wipe the brush on paper towel to take the excess off. Would that be the problem? It doesn't look good at all. If so, what do you suggest to eliminate the issue?
Thanks in advance. [smile]

P.S. I do blow my parts of after I've sanded them with a "Rocket blower" I stole from my camera bag, and sometimes brush them down, should I wipe them down with a thinner too, perhaps?

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Wow!!! Yeah that looks wicked!! I've seen the Hornets live plenty of times, usually at the Grand Prix when it was held in Adelaide, they are simply awesome. [smile]
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Just a question Pete? I'm painting up the hornet's bit and pieces I'm building in the background, bit of a warm up for the Phantom, and a lot of it is in gloss white, which I'm painting with an auto enamel I have. and I seem to be getting a lot of lint and rubbish in my paint when I brush it on, I want to fix the issue before I start painting the Phantom, the only thing I can put it down to is sometimes I wipe the brush on paper towel to take the excess off. Would that be the problem? It doesn't look good at all. If so, what do you suggest to eliminate the issue?
Thanks in advance. [smile]

P.S. I do blow my parts of after I've sanded them with a "Rocket blower" I stole from my camera bag, and sometimes brush them down, should I wipe them down with a thinner too, perhaps?


It could be picking up debris from the paper towel, the problem is gloss paint is a magnet for dust and a real pain to brush on, I sometimes wipe a model down with IPA to remove any skin oils that might be lurking from my sweaty paws.
It might be easier to pick up a rattle can of gloss white and spray it on, or brush paint matt white and gloss coat it

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[thumb] Hopefully by that time I'll have my AB and booth set up, reminds me I better start building that! lol
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If you have to paint large areas of white it is always better to spray it on. You will not be happy with how much you have to thin it down, and layer on insane amounts, just to get the same effect that a thirty second spray can give you.

Rattle can the white and any other large areas of gloss colors. You will not be happy with any brush job on large surfaces.
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