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1/48 Tamiya F-4B, USMC VMFA-323 2258 WIP (Centerline tank attached)

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  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, September 12, 2022 7:31 PM

Finally got the landing gear assemblies and doors all attached.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, September 12, 2022 9:22 PM

Looking good.  Death Rattlers are/were stationed at MCAS Miramar (where I used to live).  I've been thinking about doing an F-18 in their markings.

Looks like you're on the home stretch.

Thanks,

John

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 5:59 AM

Thanks for looking in, John!

Yup...getting closer.  Next up is putting on all of the "things under wings".  Giving this one an air-to-ground loadout.  Also have an Eduard vertical stab without ECM gear on the cap, since its a pre-1968 Phantom.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 7:27 AM

I have this and the and one of the Zoukei-Mura Phantoms.  I'm sure the Tamiya is better for fit and engineering.   Have you built one of the ZM Phantoms?  It's looking really nice.  

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    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 7:41 AM

Good-looking Phantom. Yes

-Greg

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 8:17 AM

wpwar11

I have this and the and one of the Zoukei-Mura Phantoms.  I'm sure the Tamiya is better for fit and engineering.   Have you built one of the ZM Phantoms?  It's looking really nice.  

 
Thanks Paul!  Haven't built one of the Zoukei-Mura Phantoms yet, but its hard to imagine anything better than this Tamiya Phantom.  I think the landing gear is one of this one's stand-out features.  The gear and all of the doors are designed to quickly and easily snap right into place AFTER the majority of the model is assembled and painted.  No messing around with masking around everything, and no brain damage coming up with ways to reliably attach the doors and actuators.
 
Thanks for looking in, Greg!

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, September 18, 2022 4:59 PM

Got the centerline tank built and installed.  I cut off the molded-in mounting pins, drilled the area underneath them with a 1mm drill, and glued in some 1mm brass rod.  The whole thing slipped snugly into the 1mm brass bearings I glued inside the fuselage.  Nice clean, tight fit, with no further gluing needed.  The tank can be removed and reinstalled at will.  I love it when a plan comes together.  Pirate

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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