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Gene K

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    Scale Modeling, Radio Control, F-4 Phantom II,

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  1. How good are Revell's 1/72 F-104G and F-4F?

    It also "suffers" from poorly shaped and positioned intakes, the vertical stabilizer top is excessively sloped, and the tanks are too skinny and pointed, for starters. The plastic, engraving, and engineering, however, are superb. Gene K
  2. Aftermarket 1/48 F-4 Phantom Fuel Dump Post?

    Thanks. However, I've NEVER seen any "broke off" -- EVER (maybe "squished and squashed" a little). Just out of curiosity - appears you were a mechanic, so could you share your experience with the Phantom? Gene
  3. Aftermarket 1/48 F-4 Phantom Fuel Dump Post?

    OK, I'll bite ... how do you know? Which "masts" are you talking about -- the wings' or fuselage ... or something else?????? On operational aircraft???? Gene K
  4. IDAF F-16I Sufa shot down over Syria...

    It's very impressive that you apparently have such unrestricted access to guarded intelligence. Gene K
  5. New Airfix 1/72 F-4 Phantom FG.1

    When I was living In Oklahoma, I used to see Robert Brown at many of the shows from Texas to Missouri. He was from Wichita -- really nice guy!! Don't know what caused his passing, but he was only mid aged. Gene K
  6. New Airfix 1/72 F-4 Phantom FG.1

    I need to check my resin pile since I used to buy Seamless Suckers. I had always hoped someone like XMM would come out with a complete, correct seamless intake for the Fujimi kit. Since that was over a decade ago, hope has died. chek, know of any workarounds for the Fujimi intakes that include the shoulder slope? Getting back to the Airfix kit, looks like the Fujimi intake piece with the vents could be made to fit and a cast made. I'll donate the pieces, Jeffrey! Gene K
  7. New Airfix 1/72 F-4 Phantom FG.1

    Thanks for the great ref shots, chek -- invaluable for this kit!! Murph, every time I pick the kit up again, I agree with you more and more about it not meeting standards. Could you give me a link, please, to the thread in which you're discussing the Phantom on Britmodeller? Think I'll hold off on further purchases for now and open up my large stash of Fujimi kits to check for cross kitting ideas like flaps, intakes, radar, front windscreen, and interior. As an aside, Fujimi TERs are first rate in my opinion, as are the FGR.2 pods -- agree chek? Jeffrey, are you out there with thoughts? Gene K
  8. New Airfix 1/72 F-4 Phantom FG.1

    Thanks, Bill. Well ... I'm REALLY( !) trying to like this kit, but the fit is challenging. I don't mind fitting, sanding, fitting, sanding ... but I was expecting more considering the state of art molding one sees with, for example, Academy "click" fits. I think the soft fit is a result of the very soft Airfix plastic. In short, it's a modeler's model kit. Stefan, yes those are missing, but so are the even more prominent ones on the top and bottom of the intakes. Thankfully it should not be hard for an aftermarket company (like Jeffrey's Hypersonic) to fashion new pieces (I'm not good enough to scratch with the precision required in this most visible area). Airfix's glaring (deliberate?) omission has been lambasted by many, and ignored by just as many, it seems. The subject came up many months before the kit was released, and the hope was that Airfix would at least respond with decals, but alas, nothing but very obviously bare plastic. Here's a pic of the bottom vents: Gene K
  9. I haven't seen much on ARC about this new kit, so thought I'd repeat my Britmodeller post to get some comments from the ARC folks: I finally received my two Airfix FG.1 Phantoms yesterday from Hannants, and anxiously opened one of them to start a preliminary fit. I was impressed with the engineering and the many options in the kit, but was just a little disappointed in the molding – the panel lines are soft, and the fit of a few parts required a little more fiddling than I anticipated (enjoyable modeling). Of course I again had to shake my head in disbelief at the lack of prominent vents, but was surprised that Airfix had some other miscues , like: having seams on both sides of the wing tanks (should only be on left side of both tanks); having no lines separating the canopies from the frames (only on the one piece canopy); not molding recesses in the folding outer wing pieces to mate with the main wing (Airfix “fixed” this in the instructions by having us file off the protrusions that were to have gone into the recesses); and including TERs that look like nothing I’ve seen (but perhaps British Phantoms used a version different from the US?). I had to do a double take on the stabilator slots – they are too lightly done, and the representation of the pieces that hold the slots proud of the stab appear to be lined up perpendicular to the leading edge instead of properly being parallel to the longitudinal axis of the acft (shades of the Academy 1/48 Phantom). I say “appear” because I had a hard time telling for certain owing to the indistinct moldings. Overall, this is an enjoyable build for me! I appreciate the small details as the wing fold and the inside of the Aux Air Doors, and the alternate vertical stab and wing center strengthening straps. The engineering, as of the intakes, is terrific, but I especially like Airfix’s outstanding approach to giving the modeler options like the alternate positioning of the leading and trailing edge flaps, the radome, the speed brakes, and the front gear – all reasons for me to order “a few” more ... and hope the next itation will have some fixes. Gene K
  10. 1/48 F-4 Phantom best kits

    Gee whiz -- celebrate this outstanding kit instead of bemoaning it. Gene K
  11. 1/48 F-4 Phantom best kits

    I don't need a set, but I'm in line since it's a Hypersonicmodels product! Gene K
  12. 1/48 F-4 Phantom best kits

    Nice. So what are your production plans???? Gene K
  13. 1/48 Kinetic Hornet Nose Fix

    Sorry you feel that way. Of course I think that this side discussion is appropriate considering potential malware problems posed by Colin's image hosting site. Thanks for the advice on Ublock Origin - works great on postimage popups, but I'll avoid that site ... even while having its cookies blocked. I agree to not comment further. Gene K
  14. 1/48 F-4 Phantom best kits

    Thanks! Definite difference. So the Academy kit is the most correct according to "other evidence", I gather. If ZM acknowledges and alters this fuselage section, then good. If not, I'll continue to get the rest of the line above any others out there. Thanks again. Gene K
  15. 1/48 Kinetic Hornet Nose Fix

    Yes ... I use the best - AdblockPlus on Chrome. Which magic extension are you using to block the ads on postimage? (I'll have to check to see if postimage is on the friendly allowed list.) Gene K