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Craig Baldwin

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  1. Thank you @ya-gabor for the detective work. Modellers are an obsessive crowd. My Googling did not turn anything else up. But my career in aviation has taught me to to believe in anything, especially when it comes to "by the book" applied paint.
  2. Definitely a head scratcher. So they've done this wing walkway for all three aircraft on the decal options in this release? I could see for one, as anomalies of restored birds or even possibly of a screw up on one aircraft but not on all three. And the horizontal tail triangular stab patches are looking like a decal? That would be a shortcut I didn't expect from them. Notwithstanding these revelations, I'm not changing my order.
  3. The Eduard Spitfire IX's are great kits. One of their other releases featured this aircraft on their decals. I had the markings as a left over from my build. Good luck with the build.
  4. As Finemolds finishes it's work on the short nose F-4 Phantoms for release later this summer, enjoy some great photos and history of the Michigan aircraft featured on the F-4C release. Great references. Click on the F-4 Phantom tags to direct you to individual posts. https://oldsargesaircraft.blogspot.com/
  5. Absolutely amazed how many of these are getting in modellers hands before the release.
  6. Just in case you have a few minutes to waste away on Youtube.................
  7. Certainly keeping their options open with the smooth radome, for early C/Ds in service with USAF(and a couple late ANG units) and at least Iran for non-US operators. Not sure how the Korean F-4Ds were configured. For a real early F-4C the weapons set will be needed for the straight inboard wing pylons.
  8. Here is the best picture I could find online of the mesh covered vent section ya-gabor is referring to, upper right in the photo.
  9. Interesting wing walkway on the foreground C. Not to say it never existed like that but just I have not seen that pattern before. Me thinks the builder messed up the decals!?!?!
  10. This particular release has different product number than the usual "FP" F-4 releases. Product # 72843, so I wouldn't call their bluff hoping you will see it for sale again.
  11. Looking at the display layouts, it doesn't look like any new wings are developed for this kit. In the top photo of the new sprue layout, the board is divided in half with the previously developed parts on the upper side including the wings. I've pointed out a section on the lower image where I believe the reinforcement parts for the top of the wing are located on the sprue. Either way it is another step in Finemolds are taking us in the Phantom journey, and I am enjoying it all the way.
  12. Busy work for the Shizuoka show I would assume.
  13. Prepping for the Shizuoka show. I can't imagine this is someone's job.
  14. Thank you for the comments. The wing gloves gap is always a nit picker for me. I actually moved the wings very slightly forward to eliminate the gap in the front as well.
  15. Seems the final release version has other recipients as well. Grumpy Modeller's Youtube channel has a preview showing off the decals and various non-plastic stuff included in the box. Most of these I call preview because no parts are shown removed from parts tree. He had the extra Detail set of decals but barely mentioned nor looked at them.
  16. My thoughts were similar but I will wait to see how the parts can be fiddled with to improve the look.
  17. And....... The tail stabs are moveable, 9:40 in that video.
  18. Some of you may find this review of interest, an actual building of the kit by an airplane guy. Although in French.
  19. These are always very open ended questions as we don't know you level of modelling and opinions will be varied. But all the kits will give you a decent level of detail and accuracy. As @echolmberg stated about the Monogram C/D, still stands up well but with raised panel lines and reasonably priced. Monogram/Hasegawa lack the intake trunks and engine compressor front detail as well. All four mentioned in @RichB63 list, if built up side by side on a table in front of you, I doubt you could tell a difference in a 30 second glance. Good luck in choosing.
  20. That detail up decals sheet looks very extensive, so I am thinking the kit supplied decals are just the very basic larger data stencils?
  21. Shame they can't seem to find a knowledgeable Phantom person to shed some light on to what the previewer is actually looking at.
  22. I'm confused by the Plazajapan link. It says for pre-order June 30, 2021, but also has an "ADD TO CART" link. Do they expect another release of this kit?
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