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PostPosted: February 19th, 2018, 10:24 pm 
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Started this back in January.
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Cockpit is as the kit comes. Correcting some of the flaws as I progress with the build like the lack of 6 sets of vents (top and bottom of the intakes and just above the Spey cans), RHAWS (squared off fin cap) too slim on the new kit so replaced with a clone of the Fujimi one and fin probes have been replaced with brass tubing as the kit ones are very flimsy and almost broke off a few times.

Made an indentation in the top seat cushion with a 1mm drill to make it look closer to the real thing.
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Used a razor saw to replicate the intake bleed air ducts.
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Plenty of aftermarket decals to choose from if I don't want to use the kit decals.
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Cockpit and seats.
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Added the post-mod avionics panel.
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Starting to look a bit like a Phantom now.
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Replaced the fin caps on the kit fins with a casting of the Fujimi fin cap.
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Earlier this afternoon.
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Current state with the canopy on and fin probes replaced.
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Airbrakes, flaps and auxilary doors fitted. Also assembled and test fitted the drop tanks.

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Got the white on the underside. I added representative vents that were missing from the back end above the Spey cans and scratched the nav light.

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Masked up and sprayed the Extra Dark Sea Grey this evening.

Masking only took about 10 minutes to do, even with the outer wings folded.

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A bit more on the Phantoms paint job.

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A bit of touch up work with the airbrush. Also got the radome painted.

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Finally got the undercarriage and Spey cans fitted.

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Started decalling the Phantom FG.1.

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Finally finished my new Airfix 1/72 McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 this evening.

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PostPosted: February 19th, 2018, 11:12 pm 
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Spectacular!
That's a cracking build with some useful tips about correcting some of the identified flaws of the kit

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PostPosted: February 19th, 2018, 11:50 pm 
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I will not be correcting the RWR on future builds s the Airfix one is actually perfectly fine. It appears the Fujimi one is too wide.
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