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  1. The canopy tint trick is very cool! I am definitely going to have to try that. Nice job refining all the parts too 👍🏻 Steve
  2. Thanks Ron! The F-4 is a beast! I was lucky to get a ride in the backseat if an RF-4C at Tyndall during my time on the USAF. I was impressed with the raw power of the darn thing! Definitely a different feel than the refined F-15E experience 😂 Yes sir, that’s it...just AM belts. The included decals go down very well over the raised detail 👍🏻 And thank you for the compliment! Interesting 🤔 I didn’t know that. The fit of everything is very straightforward. I would imagine that without the bulkhead things might be a bit fiddly! This kit i
  3. Ugh. I am very sorry to hear that. As a fellow airline pilot, I can relate to how this pandemic has destroyed our industry. Good luck on the move and thanks for sharing this incredible build with us! Steve
  4. Update 10/23 “Seamless” intakes...putty, sand, repeat, putty, sand, repeat 😂 Ok, I’ll admit- there are some flaws behind the curve. Since you can’t see them from the front, I didn’t bother sanding them to perfection. Paint is square bottle white Tamiya surface primer thinned with AK lacquer thinner. I brushed on a layer of future after I took this video to get a glossy surface. That only took a week 😂🤪 I also assembled and painted the gear bays, which are nicely detailed. Then it was time to bring the to
  5. Two Bobs is doing it in 1/48th and said other scales are a possibility Steve
  6. PLASMO channel on YouTube! You will learn soooo much! Steve
  7. Thanks for the kind words Arnaud! You will not be disappointed with this kit. Here are the final shots of the engine with the included display stand that is cleverly part of the sprue runners! Steve
  8. The J79 engines are done. Well, at least the one that got the extra TLC 😉. Now, I have to finish the display stand...take a few more pics, and bury this beauty in the belly of the beast! But, for the super-detailers out there, ZM has provided an excellent starting point out of the box and I hope I’ve done it some justice. Steve
  9. I’m right there with you and I’m $ure you will her great support!
  10. Me too! Thank you 😊 It’s coming - I believe next year was the plan!
  11. Hi Craig, I just used them for my ZM F-4E build. I found them easy to work with. I may add some heat to the process next time though. Go back a page in this thread to see them or, to see my F-4 seats with the Nano Belts painted up, check out my build thread in the “In-Progress” section.
  12. J79 engine update. Still a work in progress but most of the base colors are down. I think. I may do some more heat staining. The base colors are Alclad Aluminum, Magnesium, Gold Titanium, Jet Exhaust, Tamiya Burnt Iron and Chrome Silver. After a few more details were painted up... And the other side... Anyways, the next steps are picking out the rest of the various fuel and oil lines with their appropriate colors. - Steve
  13. Thanks Mr Happy 😃 I will try to keep the updates coming! Steve
  14. The side consoles are, in fact, decals! Microset/Microsol is definitely required, but with a lot of patience, they lay down really well! I had to touch up a few edges of the panels where the decal inevitably shrunk as it settled over the raised details, but the touch ups were relatively minor. This is a fantastic kit!
  15. My Quinta Su-27UB set arrived today- this is the first time I’ve had a chance to see any Quinta set up close. The pictures don’t really do it justice, but these are incredible! This shot shows the beautiful gloss instrument dials Relief detail I am very much looking forward to building the kit! Steve
  16. You won’t regret it Carlos- this kit makes modeling fun! It’s been a long time since I’ve built a new tool kit and the way this just effortlessly goes together makes me motivated to get to the bench each day. I really think Zoukei Mura knocked it out of the park- this is light years ahead of the old Hasegawa kit! Steve
  17. Well there you go! -Small update for today- More engine internals. The flame holder was painted Mr Color Super Iron (SM 203) with Tamiya Burnt Iron (XF-84) details and a Tamiya Dark Brown wash. The inlet bullet fairing was painted Mr Color Super Iron (SM203) with Silver (C8) nose cap and the compressor face Mr Color Silver (C8) with a Tamiya Dark Brown Wash. Both engines are assembled and I’m waiting on the joins to dry before painting the exteriors. Steve
  18. I can second this! Petra is awesome at getting out replacement parts! Steve
  19. I still like it more than the traditional split on the F-4 because of the many circular hatches on the spine. It is much easier to scribe perpendicular lines than 4 circles and all the various panels on top in my opinion. Also, the two longside seams of the ZM insert fall along natural panel lines (as do the fore/aft lines). After filling them in a bit with Tamiya putty and wiping off the excess with lacquer thinner, they look acceptable to me. Still there, but not as pronounced. We will see after the primer coat. ZM was really close to making this part a winner. Just 0.2mm off or so.
  20. Thanks Rich- I’m flying on this build (well, for me anyways 😂). I am trying to finish it for the ARC Facebook Phantom build that closes at the end of the month. I don’t think I’m going to make it, but...it’s fun to try! It’s a great kit- some parts require more cleanup than I would like due to mold seams, and the plastic is very soft so go easy on the sanding. The detail is phenomenal and the first is pretty good 👍🏻👍🏻 I agree - thanks for stopping by Captain! It helps to have a great starting point, and this kit does just that! Engines:
  21. ZM F-4E update (Day 12) The interior sides were painted Mr Color DGG and I highlighted each rib with Vallejo light grey before a dark wash and flat coat. The fit of the cockpit assembly is very positive between the two halves so alignment is easy. The fuselage halves are joined up and the fit here was pretty much spot on, both top and bottom! There’s not much putty needed at the join to ensure a smooth finish. The big dorsal insert was not a perfect fit and required a plastic shim at the back to improve fit fore/aft. I will re-scri
  22. Hey Aigore, thanks for stopping by! I am now a big fan of the FineMolds belts - I think they will dress up a lot of basic kit seats quite nicely 👍🏻👍🏻
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