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Craig Baldwin

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  1. 3 hours ago, GeneK said:

    ......I sure hope they correct the wing walkways before Craig B has a coronary. 


    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.

  2. 2 hours ago, Curt B said:

    ............ I was fortunate enough find an Eduard Limited Edition D Day Anniversary kit, which has several Spitfires which sport the invasion stripes. 


    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.



  3. 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.

  4. On 5/4/2021 at 6:32 AM, ya-gabor said:

     As far as I can tell on most E versions it is covered with a fine mesh so the actual gills are not really visible.


    But as far as I could see the short nose versions in most cases had the gills visible.




    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.



  5. 6 hours ago, ya-gabor said:

    Good to see those test / show airframes coming along





    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!?!?!

  6. 1 hour ago, GeneK said:

    For others who may be waiting and haven't placed an order for this boxing, note the following FM "urging" to order now  if you want one (rough translation):


    ~ this "Marines" is a limited product itself. We do not currently plan to produce the regular version.~


    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.

  7. 3 hours ago, ya-gabor said:

    What is far more interesting is that a new wing panel was made for these kits. Have a look at the bulges on top of the wing for the main wheel attachment point.


    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.





  8. On 4/16/2021 at 7:53 AM, ST0RM said:

    I like it. It looks the part. Nice subtle weathering.


    8 hours ago, spejic said:

     I'm always in favor of gluing down the wing gloves because it gives a much more in-scale appearance.


    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.

  9. 9 hours ago, stalal said:

    I dont understand how Andy Hobby has final release kit when its not released for public. 


    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.

  10. 14 hours ago, latormentabritanica said:

    Could any of you Phantom Phanatics help me figure out which 1/48 kit would be best for building an accurate F-4D from RAF Lakenheath?


    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.

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