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Airfix 1/72 McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1***NOW FINISHED***
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PostPosted: January 14th, 2018, 9:13 pm 
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Been doing a fair bit of work on one of these for the past week.
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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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Looking good Chris!

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Some people made such a hoohaa about those bleed ducts being missing, looks like they took just a few minutes to add. I'm sure we'll see the finished product soon at model show coming near us.

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The ducts did only take a few minutes to put in. The ones above the Spey cans are another story and I have yet to figure out how to do it.

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A bit of extra work done on the Phantom today.

Airbrakes, flaps and auxilary doors fitted. Also assembled and test fitted the drop tanks.

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

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Great to see another build in progress of this exciting newbie from Airfix. Pity about the missing characteristic vents and I would also attempt to replicate them as you have here. But other stuff looks to be excellent such as a decent cockpit, nice wingfold and crucially, for me at least, the separate flaps (it's common for F-4's to have at least the outboard flaps drooped when parked) and not only the underside aux doors but proper bays behind them - I've had to scratch both drooped outer flaps and aux doors on a few F-4 builds over the years so I'm particularly happy that Airfix has done a decent job there. Sounds sad, but that's enough to get me excited about this kit!

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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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Excellent, the paint seems to have gone on nice and smooth.

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Looking very sharp indeed!

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Cool. 8-)

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A bit more on the Phantoms paint job tonight.

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Nice job of the metal panels at the hot end, Chris!

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