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1/72 resin cockpit kit for F-4 Phantom - Bad Idea??

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  • From: Fort Worth, Texas
1/72 resin cockpit kit for F-4 Phantom - Bad Idea??
Posted by Deaf Smith on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:53 PM

As I have posted on various forums recently I have returned to a project I started 30 years ago.  Building all the Blues aircraft in 1/72.  Back then a modeler told me the Hasagawa Blue's set's F-4 was no bueno.  He gave me an 1/72 ESCI F-4 E/F kit (yet unbuilt).  I picked up at some point the Revell F-4 Phantom II kit.  I recently ran across the SBS cockpit kit for the Revell kit.  This resin and brass cockpit thing is new to me and upon examination of the kit it is basically, how shall I say it?  Incomprehensible.  

I spent easily over an hour today trying to Google up how to tackle a resin cockpit kit.  I finally found a video explaing how you use chainsaws and reciprocating saws, files and grinders to seperate parts from the blocks that they are moulded on.  (slight exaggeration...but only slight)

But judging from the size of some of these pieces in 1/72 scale that one has to somehow cut from the mould base I'm thinking this could prove to a fool's errand in this scale.  And even if I get the pieces off intact, the instruction sheet with the SBS kit is pretty sketchy.

So... is this worth attempting or should I fergit it and just do the model kit's cockpit?  If the resin kit is doable can someone direct me to sources that will show me how to build a kit like this and also where to go for resources to show to detail paint schemes, etc in the F-4 Cockpit?  

Treading water in Texas. 

Deaf Smith

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Posted by DUSTER on Thursday, October 8, 2020 8:42 AM

You might give this tip a try https://finescale.com/how-to/tips/2009/10/cutting-styrene-and-resine     Good luck sounds like a great bild idea

Steve

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Posted by Deaf Smith on Thursday, October 8, 2020 4:42 PM

Thank you Steve.  Checking this out now.  

Deaf Smith

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Thursday, October 8, 2020 6:08 PM

I have a jewelers saw with a fine, spiral blade in it.  Tried that for the first time after using razor saws for years, and the razor saws are now collecting dust.  The blades are so small they make quick, precise work of cutting casting blocks away from resin, even if the cut you need to make has bends and curves in it.

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Posted by Deaf Smith on Friday, October 9, 2020 7:48 AM

Thank you, Eaglecash.  Great suggestion.

Deaf Smith

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Posted by Pantherman80 on Saturday, May 7, 2022 11:36 AM

Most resin cockpits I have worked with are a pain in the A. I prefer closed canopies to keep out the dust and avoid breakage. So, I prefer pre-printed PE for the side consoles and instrument panels. Most are adhesive backed. Eduard makes some very nice pre-printed zoom PE sets that will not break the bank. Don't forget a resin seat with molded seatbelts. They really stand out with some fine accents and the yellow n black ejection handles and a grey tumble of belts.

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