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Craig Baldwin

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  1. Lucky for me the window of this group build is till September. For a OOB build it should be plenty of time to complete. 

    Lot's of fun builds going on here. @GeneK was able to hook me up with this kit and what a nice surprise it has been. Mouldings are crisp and everything looks quite accurate and finely detailed. It will be tough to find areas to improve on. Not sure when I last use kit decals but I may use them for this build, but I did order some Printscale sheets but they of questionable quality, very soft and difficult to use despite the graphics looking good.


    GWH provides a correction sheet and only looks to require a swapping of part numbers. Cockpit detail is excellent and not just some generic placement of panels and switches, they've obviously had some help with the research. I will attempt to dress up the seats with straps and buckles and not ruling out sourcing an aftermarket replacement.





  2. On 1/20/2021 at 10:27 AM, Andrew D. the Jolly Rogers guy said:

    that DS Eagle display is absolutely stunning! 


    Admittedly I don't visit the ARC main page often so your post peaked my curiosity. That is a stunning build and presentation. 

  3. Found this today on FB. Image and quoted text.




    The Boss Suits Up!
    (By A. Villalva)
    USAF Colonel Robin Olds(‘The Boss’ of the 8th TFW, Ubon RTAFB) suits up for his final combat mission in SEA, in late Sept 1967.
    His standard USAF-issue gun belt rig is clearly visible, and displays the unique Life Support Equipment shop modification of sewing elastic loops to the external circumference of the M-1956 Equipment Belt to retain ammunition for his Smith & Wesson ‘Model 15’ .38 Special Revolver, carried in a USAF GUU-1/P Holster.
    This improvised belt ammunition bandoleer held 20 rounds on each belt side, for a total of 40 rounds. Further, the Model 15 revolver was likely also loaded, which added another 6 rounds. The overall gun belt rig was then worn directly over the waist section of his CSU-3/P Anti-G Suit.
    COL Olds is donning his SRU-21/P Survival Vest, worn directly over his K-2B Flight Suit. All SRU-21/P vests made up to 1969 used the snap fasteners to secure the closure flaps of most of the twelve vest pockets; later vests used Velcro fasteners.
    As typical, COL Olds’ K-2B flight suit is 'sterile', describing an intelligence sanitizing practice conducted by many USAF tactical units flying missions over North Vietnam to remove any identifying unit or aircraft insignia (unit patches, etc.). The only insignia worn on Olds’ K-2B was his Colonel plastic rank devices, sewn onto each upper shoulder area.
    The PCU-3/P Torso Harness and the LPU-2/P Life Preserver were then donned over the SRU-21/P Survival Vest.
    (Photo: NMUSAF, via A. Villalva)
    Imgur having problems accessing pictures the normal way. Will try and update later.


  4. 15 minutes ago, Da SWO said:


    Serial number looks off, is it 80-xxx?  that would make it a post-VN order.

    This aircraft serial number is 68-0313 and it was common to only have the last five digits painted on the tail. Google Korat F-4E's and you can see a number of aircraft displayed as such. Wiki has a photo of this aircraft but the opposite side.

  5. If you look at this image you will see the stencils were actually taped over before applying the 8th squadron unique camouflage. Not totally wrong according to FineMolds decal sheet, you will just have to do a lo more work to create this. DXM did a sheet for this unit with the proper looking stencils.



  6. I was told many years ago the decal sheet was one of the most expensive items in a model kit for the manufacturer, I don't know how that holds out today. FineMolds next release decal sheets for their special releases Blue and Yellow edition.





  7. The RF-4EJ tooling closes in on production with updates of the instrument panel. So nice FineMolds has paid attention to all these details. This helps even the casual modeller get things right.




    This information also provided along with photos shows how communication is so important in the entire process.

    This was the translation Google provides   "Please note that the protrusion on the left side of the ejection seat of the 1/72 Phantom of Fine Molds is not a burr!"   "The person in charge of the plastic model was about to cut it off ..."





  8. 2 minutes ago, GeneK said:


    .................... pictured appears to fit so well. That was not the case with my -EJ,  which required substantial sanding to fit flush.


    Thank you for the heads up. In the picture you can see daylight through the front and rear part of the fin cap. Of course the rear part is the top of the rudder. Trying to restrain as much as possible from sanding and loosing all the beautiful detail.

  9. If this has not been pointed out, courtesy of @GeneK, this photo shows the "drill out" dimples on the wing of this kit, applicable to USN/USMC verisons.  Already mentioned are the similar dimples inside the forward upper engine intakes. Paging through Japanese F-4 publications feature units that flew at NAS Atsugi. My money is on a release which includes one of those units.



  10. Has anyone used the Nano seat harness detail set by FM? I have a set made some years back but found them very stiff and difficult to change from the flat shape. Is the plastic better now for forming to the contours?


    I wish ARC forums had a like button for all the great posts especially here on this thread.

  11. 4 hours ago, ya-gabor said:

    The story of making the kit ends here. It is now up to the modellers. : )  : )


    Seemingly a bit anti-climatic for me as I enjoyed all the previews. I'm afraid there will be nothing to surprise me when I open the box.

    Well done FineMolds, your stature in the aircraft modeling world will be heightened significantly when these hits the shelves outside Nihon. I've always admired the Japanese hobby industry and their commitment to quality.

  12. This is what google translate said for me about the image "Finally, the draft of the F-4EJ Kai has been submitted.
    I don't think there will be any slapstick corrections and drafts this time, so it seems that the 15-day shipment of the F-4EJ Kai will go as planned along with the 8-day shipment of the F-4EJ.
    Incidentally, the monthly model art @ModelArtInc released today. Then, in addition to advertising, the editor-in-chief's visit to our company and an interview with the president are posted.".





  13. 6 hours ago, pollie said:

    So October seems like a realistic release month!


    This also from Finemolds "It's crazy, it's pretty tempered. Once this is done, the release date can be officially announced".


    Sorry, for some reason reason my usual links are broken on this message board.



  14. "New Product F-4 EJ's decal production in progress! The Bangashira is in charge of the decal manuscript. I'm going to put a two-dimensional stuff on a-dimensional surface, so I'm actually putting it on and checking it out."  FineMolds caption






    For those of us that still use kit decals.

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