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The Official F-4 Phantom II Group Build 2011

  • Rich;

    Try to get in sone R&R this weekend, maybe take up a hobby?....LOL.....great work man......

  • Well.  It's starting to look like a Phantom. :)  I assembled the main fuselge and wing sub assemblies today.  There is one thing Hasegawa could do to vastly improve the aft end of this bird.  They need to put one or two guide pins and holes where the wings and top fuselage meet, outboard just behing the wings on the fuselage where the engines are put in.  That section never properly lines up without either using CA or holding the pieces together correctly until the regular polystyrene cement dries.  I ended up using CA.  I got a tiny bit of snding to do in those locations now, but just a couple of minutes worth to smooth them down again.  Here are some images.

     

    You can sort of see what I mean in a few of these.

    Not too bad.  Better than my FGR.2 anyways.  Next up, tail stabilators, then we do a few detail bits and then primary paint.  Comments always welcome.  I will post more as she progresses.

    (P.S.) Note the tire bulges on the top of the wing.  I had to sand those down quite a bit.  They looked like big lego blocks...  Oh yeh.  Does anyone have any spare snapped off metal or plastic Pitot tubes the right size for this bird?  I stink at sprue stretching and I can't find anything here that will work.

    Rich

    In the Hangar: 1/48 Hobby Boss F/A-18D RAAF Hornet,

    On the Tarmac:  F4U-1D RNZAF Corsair 1/48 Scale.

  • Rich:

    It may be lense, but the nose looks a bit cambered to the aircraft's starboard, not a crit, probably just the camera or lighting/shading:

    Hey, love that F-86 in the background, hey, I've never seen a jar-fulla-j'dams before!...lol...Wink

  • I don't generally play in group builds (but I read them), but I build a ton of F-4s it seems, and I just rolled out an F-4J loaded with walleyes. I loaded what I thought looked like a walleye datalink pod. reading through I think I may have simply painted one of those early ALQ-101s after faulty research.

     

    Anyone have an actual photo of a walleye datalink pod?

    Excuse me.. Is that an Uzi?

  • It's because the nose cone didn't fit snugly and it was slightly shifted to starboard.  I have some finish sanding to do to get it smoothed out, along with a couple of other spots. 

    Rich

     

    Bockscar

    Rich:

    It may be lense, but the nose looks a bit cambered to the aircraft's starboard, not a crit, probably just the camera or lighting/shading:

    Hey, love that F-86 in the background, hey, I've never seen a jar-fulla-j'dams before!...lol...Wink

    In the Hangar: 1/48 Hobby Boss F/A-18D RAAF Hornet,

    On the Tarmac:  F4U-1D RNZAF Corsair 1/48 Scale.

  • Oh yeah, now I see the 'mine shaft gap', ....lol.....symmetry freak, you know....lol......

  • paintsniffer

    I don't generally play in group builds (but I read them), but I build a ton of F-4s it seems, and I just rolled out an F-4J loaded with walleyes. I loaded what I thought looked like a walleye datalink pod. reading through I think I may have simply painted one of those early ALQ-101s after faulty research.

     

    Anyone have an actual photo of a walleye datalink pod?

    Hey 'Sniff, gotta picture to post, would luv to C that!!!

  • TarnShip

    here's some from the web,,,much faster than me trying to remember where I saw the couple of photos I know I have

    http://www.ordnance.org/walleye.htm

    http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/m-62.html

    http://vnfawing.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2325&sid=148ef4727af8540cdeb42fe5ad811393

    that last one has a data link pic, and a good view of the Walleye I and II on the same aircraft,,,,,bonus is a China Lake photo with an F-4B in the background

    Rex

    Rex;

    Thought you had a photo-static memory...

    errhhhh...photo-matic memory....

    errhhh...photo-phantic....yeah....phantic.....memory.....lol...

    thanks for the links......gosh Rex....forgot what 'Tarn' mean't......lol....Wink

  • Hi folks.  I am having a slight disagreement with the Mrs.  Maybe you guys can help.  We got to talking about my buds here on FSM and we somehow ended up on the subject of favorite beverage.  For some reason my wife thinks most of you are Whiskey fans.  I told her probably beer, then the entire convo went off over the rainbow.   So now we are trying to put a favorite beverage to the names here and see which one of us is right.  So could everyone respond with their favorite beverage? I know it's off topic, but she's driving me nuts...

    Rich

    In the Hangar: 1/48 Hobby Boss F/A-18D RAAF Hornet,

    On the Tarmac:  F4U-1D RNZAF Corsair 1/48 Scale.

  • RC Cola, my friend!

    Really nice work goin' on, ya'll! Gotta start the second bird....

    Glenn

  • I tend to drink beer of the stronger variety, occasionally bloody marys and every once in a while margarittas.

    Ken

  • Uhhh....disaster relief.......tell Deb I'll send whatever she drinks.....lol.....

    I drink beer.......uhhhh.......BeerYesBeerYes

    Yeah....after today's news.....don't want to contribute to cabin fever Rich!!!!!Big Smile

  • While in England on vacation back in 86, I grew fond of Bass Ale.  I was staying with friends in Burrton on Trent.  That's where they manufacture it.  I just loved the brewery tour. lol  But you HAVE to drink it warm.

    In the Hangar: 1/48 Hobby Boss F/A-18D RAAF Hornet,

    On the Tarmac:  F4U-1D RNZAF Corsair 1/48 Scale.

  • Yep, and then there is a Black and Tan, Bass with Guinness Draught on top!

    Ken

  • Rich -- rich port wine, butterscotch schnapps, Irish cream, homebrew ales of all descriptions, sweet cider...

    Oh, and re the pitot tubes, would recommend some fine brass tubing clipped to length and CA'd into pre-drilled holes.

    Cheers, M/TB379

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